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Apache Spark Big Data Boot Camp

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Learn to use Spark for your own applications in three packed hands-on days

This fast-paced 3-day course is for data engineers, data analysts, data scientists, developers and operations teams and provides a thorough, hands-on overview of the Apache Spark Platform and various technologies and paradigms which are in Apache Spark.

  • We will explore Apache Spark, how it came into existence, how it compares with Apache Hadoop – currently the de facto big data standard – and the new use cases that can be realized with Apache Spark as well as how your current use cases can be made more performant and powerful.
  • We will also look at Apache Spark’s Streaming Architecture which can help realize most of the real time-constrained needs of your business. We will also explore Apache Spark’s SQL Architecture which provides very fast migration from traditional slower analytical tools like Hive to SparkSQL.
  • We will spend some time on Apache Spark ML/ML Lib which provide a total integrated Architecture with both real-time and batch analytics.
  • Finally, we will also look at Apache Spark GraphX which deals with Graph Algorithms.

All these workshops are delivered with guided hands-on labs allowing attendees to explore the data and the techniques and familiarize themselves with the various paradigms.

Upcoming Dates and Locations
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Nov 2, 2020 – Nov 4, 2020    9:30am – 5:30pm Live Online Register
Feb 3, 2021 – Feb 5, 2021    8:30am – 4:30pm Live Online Register
Apr 19, 2021 – Apr 21, 2021    9:30am – 5:30pm Live Online Register
Jun 15, 2021 – Jun 17, 2021    8:30am – 4:30pm Live Online Register
Aug 24, 2021 – Aug 26, 2021    8:30am – 4:30pm Live Online Register
Oct 12, 2021 – Oct 14, 2021    10:30am – 6:30pm Live Online Register
Dec 6, 2021 – Dec 8, 2021    8:30am – 4:30pm Live Online Register
Course Outline

Part 1: Introduction to Big Data & Apache Spark

  1. Introduce Data Analysis
  2. Introduce Big Data
  3. Big Data Definition
  4. Introduce the techniques and challenges in Big Data
  5. Introduce the techniques and challenges in Distributed Computing
  6. Show how the functional programming approach is particularly useful in tackling these challenges
  7. Short overview of previous solutions: Google’s MapReduce and Apache Hadoop
  8. Introduce Apache Spark

Hands-on practice: We will get exposure to admin and setup

Part 2: Deploying & Understanding Apache Spark Architecture

  1. Spark Architecture in a Cluster
  2. Spark Ecosystem and Cluster Management
  3. Deploying Spark on a Cluster
  4. Deploying Spark on a Standalone Cluster
  5. Deploying Spark on a Mesos Cluster
  6. Deploying Spark on YARN cluster
  7. Cloud-based Deployment

Hands-on practice: Learn to deploy and begin using Spark

Part 3: Spark Core, RDDs and Spark Shell

  1. Dig deeper into Apache Spark
  2. Introduce Resilient Distributed Datasets (RDDs)
  3. Apache Spark installation (basic, local)
  4. Introduce the Spark Shell
  5. Actions and Transformations (Laziness)
  6. Caching
  7. Loading and Saving data files from the file system

Hands-on practice: Get hands-on with Spark Core and RDDs

Part 4: Deep Dive into RDD

  1. Tailored RDD
  2. Pair RDD
  3. NewHadoop RDD
  4. Aggregations
  5. Partitioning
  6. Broadcast Variables
  7. Accumulators

Hands-on practice: You’ll learn expanded RDD capabilities

Part 5: Spark SQL and DataFrames

  1. SparkSQL & DataFrames
  2. DataFrame & SQL API
  3. DataFrame Schema
  4. Datasets and Encoders
  5. Loading and Saving data
  6. Aggregations
  7. Joins

Hands-on practice: You’ll learn to use one of Spark’s most powerful features: DataFrames using R-style modeling supported by supercomputing clusters

Part 6: Spark Streaming

  1. A brief introduction to streaming
  2. Spark Streaming
  3. Discretized Streams
  4. Structured Streaming
  5. Stateful / Stateless Transformations
  6. Checkpointing
  7. Interoperability with Streaming Platforms (Apache Kafka)

Hands-on practice: Another of Spark 2.1’s most exciting features is the ability to provide big data streaming to allow beating the timeframe constraints of previous big data solutions

Part 7: Spark MLlib and ML

  1. Introduction to Machine Learning
  2. Spark Machine Learning APIs
  3. Feature Extractor and Transformation
  4. Classification using Logistic Regression
  5. Best Practice in ML for the Practitioners

Hands-on practice: Use Spark to perform production-friendly calls for powerful machine learning service and predictive analytics

Part 8: Graphx

  1. Brief Introduction to Graph Theory
  2. GraphX
  3. Vertex and Edge RDDs
  4. Graph operators
  5. Pregel API
  6. PageRank / Travelling Salesman Problem

Hands-on practice: Get hands-on practice using Graphx

Part 9: Testing and Debugging Spark

  1. Testing in a Distributed Environment
  2. Testing Spark Application
  3. Debugging Spark Application

Hands-on practice: You’ll get lab practice supporting Spark solutions with best practices for testing, debugging, and normal-day production issues for Spark solutions

Who should attend
  • Developers and Team Leads
  • Software Engineers
  • Business Analysts
  • System Analysts
  • Data Analysts and Scientists
  • Data Scientists
  • Operations and DevOps Engineers
  • JAVA Developers
  • Big Data Engineers

Labs can be accessed by everyone using the cloud environment set up by the instructor. Participation is not mandatory; if they prefer, attendees can simply observe the instructor perform the lab example. Scala/Python are a nice to have skill to better understand what is being done in the Labs.

Additionally, although it is not mandatory, students who have completed the self-paced Fundamentals of DevOps eLearning course have found it very helpful when completing this course.


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