Getting Started with Apache Spark on Kubernetes

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Community adoption of Kubernetes (instead of YARN) as a scheduler for Apache Spark has been accelerating since the major improvements from Spark 3.0 release. Companies choose to run Spark on Kubernetes to use a single cloud-agnostic technology across their entire stack, and to benefit from improved isolation and resource sharing for concurrent workloads. In this talk, the founders of Data Mechanics, a serverless Spark platform powered by Kubernetes, will show how to easily get started with Spark on Kubernetes.

We will go through an end-to-end example of building, deploying and maintaining an end-to-end data pipeline. This will be a code-heavy session with many tips to help beginners and intermediate Spark developers be successful with Spark on Kubernetes, and live demos running on the Data Mechanics platform.

Included topics:
– Setting up your environment (data access, node pools)
– Sizing your applications (pod sizes, dynamic allocation)
– Boosting your performance through critical disk and I/O optimizations
– Monitoring your application logs and metrics for debugging and reporting

Speakers: Jean-Yves Stephan and Julien Dumazert

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About Jean-Yves Stephan

Data Mechanics

JY is the CEO and Co-Founder of Data Mechanics, a hassle-free containerized data platform that abstracts away the complexities of Spark and infrastructure management. Prior to that, he was a software engineer and Spark infrastructure team lead at Databricks, growing their cluster-management capabilities from early days to the scale of launching hundreds of thousands of nodes in the cloud every day. JY is passionate about making distributed data technologies 10x more accessible and resource-efficient through automation.

About Julien Dumazert

Data Mechanics

Julien is the CTO and Co-Founder of Data Mechanics, a Y Combinator-backed startup with the mission to make distributed computing accessible to everyone, starting with a serverless Spark platform running on Kubernetes. He previously worked as a data scientist on optimizing BlaBlaCar’s world-leading carpooling marketplace, and led the data team at the website UX optimization platform ContentSquare.