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U.C. Berkeley Offers Free "Big Data" Class This Week 16

pmdubs writes "The U.C. Berkeley AMPLab research group will be hosting a free 'Big Data Bootcamp' on-campus and online, August 21 and 22. The AMP Camp will feature hands-on tutorials on big data analysis using the AMPLab software stack, including Spark, Shark, and Mesos. These tools work hand-in-hand with technologies like Hadoop to provide high performance, low latency data analysis. AMP Camp will also include high level overviews of warehouse scale computing, presentations on several big data use-cases, and talks on related projects."
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U.C. Berkeley Offers Free "Big Data" Class This Week

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  • by Sarten-X ( 1102295 ) on Monday August 20, 2012 @09:56AM (#41054107) Homepage

    Now maybe some of the folks here will actually learn how Big Data methodologies work, rather than just spamming links to a strawman argument starring the word "web-scale"...

    Aw, who am I kidding... this is Slashdot! A knee-jerk reaction with little forethought is not only the norm, but the mandate!

    • Re:Oh good (Score:5, Funny)

      by Trepidity ( 597 ) <delirium-slashdot.hackish@org> on Monday August 20, 2012 @10:11AM (#41054279)

      Unfortunately, learning how big-data methodologies work just isn't scalable.

      • by xclr8r ( 658786 ) [] (requires credit card for verification but is free)

        run a free Amazon EC2 Micro Instance for a year, while also leveraging a free usage tier for Amazon S3, Amazon Elastic Block Store, Amazon Elastic Load Balancing, and AWS data transfer. AWS’s free usage tier can be used for anything you want to run in the cloud: launch new applications, test existing applications in the cloud, or simply gain hands-on experience with AWS.

        • I've been meaning to haskell one of those up to attempt an idempotent mesh data processing layer, AWS does sound like a lot of fun for play/learning, unfortunately so so does hulu and my kid so this has been on hold. Have you actually used any aws and found it to be easy/good for practicing scaling software?
      • I don't think you understand. If you just make the class completely unstructured, and stop worrying about data ^h^h i mean learning being guaranteed, you can exponentially increase the number of people you can educate at web-scale by just adding more instructors.

    • by medcalf ( 68293 )

      Aw, who am I kidding... this is Slashdot! A knee-jerk reaction with little forethought is not only the norm, but the mandate!

      Well demonstrated.

    • by gl4ss ( 559668 )

      BGDB ..anyhow, anyone know when uc berkeley offered their first "cloud" class?

  • Can anyone shed some light on whether these technologies are niche/minor technologies, or whether they're actually popular / useful / used technologies?

    "I've never heard of AMPLab" means just about nothing, given that I don't really spend a lot of time on Big Data. I recognize Hadoop (and MapReduce, Scala, etc,etc), but most of the technologies used in this class seems to be specific to Berkeley.

    (I'm almost afraid to ask, given that there's a grand total of 13 comments and it's already 1/2 down the /. main

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