Felix Cheung - Databricks

Felix Cheung

PMC/Committer, Uber

Felix started in the big data space about 5 years ago with the then state-of-the-art MapReduce. Since then, he (re-)built Hadoop cluster from metal more times than he would like, created a Hadoop “distro” from two dozens or so projects into .rpm/.deb, and kicked off clusters in the cloud with hundreds of cores on-demand. He built a few interesting app with Apache Spark for 3.5 years and ended up contributing to it for more than 3 years, and became a Committer & PMC along the way. In addition to building stuff, he frequently presented in conferences, meetups, or workshops.

UPCOMING SESSIONS

Building Intelligent Applications, Experimental ML with Uber’s Data Science WorkbenchSummit 2018

In this talk, we will explore how Uber enables rapid experimentation of machine learning models and optimization algorithms through the Uber's Data Science Workbench (DSW). DSW covers a series of stages in data scientists' workflow including data exploration, feature engineering, machine learning model training, testing and production deployment. DSW provides interactive notebooks for multiple languages with on-demand resource allocation and share their works through community features. It also has support for notebooks and intelligent applications backed by spark job servers. Deep learning applications based on TensorFlow and Torch can be brought into DSW smoothly where resources management is taken care of by the system. The environment in DSW is customizable where users can bring their own libraries and frameworks. Moreover, DSW provides support for Shiny and Python dashboards as well as many other in-house visualization and mapping tools. In the second part of this talk, we will explore the use cases where custom machine learning models developed in DSW are productionized within the platform. Uber applies Machine learning extensively to solve some hard problems. Some use cases include calculating the right prices for rides in over 600 cities and applying NLP technologies to customer feedbacks to offer safe rides and reduce support costs. We will look at various options evaluated for productionizing custom models (server based and serverless). We will also look at how DSW integrates into the larger Uber's ML ecosystem, e.g. model/feature stores and other ML tools, to realize the vision of a complete ML platform for Uber. Session hashtag: #MLSAIS11

PAST SESSIONS

Scalable Data Science with SparkRSummit East 2017

R is a very popular platform for Data Science. Apache Spark is a highly scalable data platform. How could we have the best of both worlds? How could a Data Scientist leverage the rich 9000+ packages on CRAN, and integrate Spark into their existing Data Science toolset?In this talk we will walkthrough many examples how several new features in Apache Spark 2.x will enable this. We will also look at exciting changes in and coming next in Apache Spark 2.x releases.

SSR: Structured Streaming on R for Machine LearningSummit 2017

Stepping beyond ETL in batches, large enterprises are looking at ways to generate more up-to-date insights. As we step into the age of Continuous Application, this session will explore the ever more popular Structure Streaming API in Apache Spark, its application to R, and building examples of machine learning use cases. Starting with an introduction to the high-level concepts, the session will dive into the core of the execution plan internals and examine how SparkR extends the existing system to add the streaming capability. Learn how to build various data science applications on data streams integrating with R packages to leverage the rich R ecosystem of 10k+ packages. Session hashtag: #SFdev2