Erik Erlandson

Software Engineer, Red Hat

Erik Erlandson is a Software Engineer at Red Hat, where he investigates analytics use cases and scalable deployments for Apache Spark in the cloud. He also consults on internal data science and analytics projects. Erik is a contributor to Apache Spark and other open source projects in the Spark ecosystem, including the Spark on Kubernetes community project, Algebird and Scala.

SESSIONS

Apache Spark for Library Developers

As a developer, data engineer, or data scientist, you've seen how Apache Spark is expressive enough to let you solve problems elegantly and efficient enough to let you scale out to handle more data. However, if you're solving the same problems again and again, you probably want to capture and distribute your solutions so that you can focus on new problems and so other people can reuse and remix them: you want to develop a library that extends Spark. You faced a learning curve when you first started using Spark, and you'll face a different learning curve as you start to develop reusable abstractions atop Spark. In this talk, two experienced Spark library developers will give you the background and context you'll need to turn your code into a library that you can share with the world. We'll cover: Issues to consider when developing parallel algorithms with Spark, Designing generic, robust functions that operate on data frames and datasets, Extending data frames with user-defined functions (UDFs) and user-defined aggregates (UDAFs), Best practices around caching and broadcasting, and why these are especially important for library developers, Integrating with ML pipelines, Exposing key functionality in both Python and Scala, and How to test, build, and publish your library for the community. We'll back up our advice with concrete examples from real packages built atop Spark. You'll leave this talk informed and inspired to take your Spark proficiency to the next level and develop and publish an awesome library of your own.

Sketching Data with T-Digest In Apache Spark

Algorithms for sketching probability distributions from large data sets are a fundamental building block of modern data science. Sketching plays a role in diverse applications ranging from visualization, optimizing data encodings, estimating quantiles, data synthesis and imputation. The T-Digest is a versatile sketching data structure. It operates on any numeric data, models tricky distribution tails with high fidelity, and most crucially it works smoothly with aggregators and map-reduce. T-Digest is a perfect fit for Apache Spark; it is single-pass and intermediate results can be aggregated across partitions in batch jobs or aggregated across windows in streaming jobs. In this talk I will describe a native Scala implementation of the T-Digest sketching algorithm and demonstrate its use in Spark applications for visualization, quantile estimations and data synthesis. Attendees of this talk will leave with an understanding of data sketching with T-Digest sketches, and insights about how to apply T-Digest to their own data analysis applications.

Teaching Apache Spark Clusters to Manage Their Workers Elastically

Devops engineers have applied a great deal of creativity and energy to invent tools that automate infrastructure management, in the service of deploying capable and functional applications. For data-driven applications running on Apache Spark, the details of instantiating and managing the backing Spark cluster can be a distraction from focusing on the application logic. In the spirit of devops, automating Spark cluster management tasks allows engineers to focus their attention on application code that provides value to end-users. Using Openshift Origin as a laboratory, we implemented a platform where Apache Spark applications create their own clusters and then dynamically manage their own scale via host-platform APIs. This makes it possible to launch a fully elastic Spark application with little more than the click of a button. We will present a live demo of turn-key deployment for elastic Apache Spark applications, and share what we’ve learned about developing Spark applications that manage their own resources dynamically with platform APIs. The audience for this talk will be anyone looking for ways to streamline their Apache Spark cluster management, reduce the workload for Spark application deployment, or create self-scaling elastic applications. Attendees can expect to learn about leveraging APIs in the Kubernetes ecosystem that enable application deployments to manipulate their own scale elastically.

Smart Scalable Feature Reduction With Random Forests

Modern datacenters and IoT networks generate a wide variety of telemetry that makes excellent fodder for machine learning algorithms. Combined with feature extraction and expansion techniques such as word2vec or polynomial expansion, these data yield an embarrassment of riches for learning models and the data scientists who train them. However, these extremely rich feature sets come at a cost. High-dimensional feature spaces almost always include many redundant or noisy dimensions. These low-information features waste space and computation, and reduce the quality of learning models by diluting useful features. In this talk, Erlandson will describe how Random Forest Clustering identifies useful features in data having many low-quality features, and will demonstrate a feature reduction application using Apache Spark to analyze compute infrastructure telemetry data. Learn the principles of how Random Forest Clustering solves feature reduction problems, and how you can apply Random Forest tools in Apache Spark to improve your model training scalability, the quality of your models, and your understanding of application domains. Session hashtag: #SFds8

One-Pass Data Science In Apache Spark With Generative T-Digests

The T-Digest has earned a reputation as a highly efficient and versatile sketching data structure; however, its applications as a fast generative model are less appreciated. Several common algorithms from machine learning use randomization of feature columns as a building block. Column randomization is an awkward and expensive operation when performed directly, but when implemented with generative T-Digests, it can be accomplished elegantly in a single pass that also parallelizes across Spark data partitions. In this talk Erik will review the principles of T-Digest sketching, and how T-Digests can be applied as generative models. He will explain how generative T-Digests can be used to implement fast randomization of columnar data, and conclude with demonstrations of T-Digest randomization applied to Variable Importance, Random Forest Clustering and Feature Reduction. Attendees will leave this talk with an understanding of T-Digest sketching, how T-Digests can be used as generative models, and insights into applying generative T-Digests to accelerate their own data science projects. Session hashtag: #EUds11

BoF Discussion-Apache Spark on Kubernetes

Come learn about the community development project to add a native Kubernetes scheduling back-end to Apache Spark! Network with community members interested in running Spark on Kubernetes. Learn how to run Spark jobs on your Kubernetes cluster; find out how to contribute to the project.