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March 21, 2017

What is Spark?

This popular open source tool has become the backbone of many projects.

By James Nunns

Apache Spark is an open source parallel processing framework which is designed to run data analytics across clustered computers.

The general engine for large-scale data processing is maintained by the Apache Software Foundation.

Spark is designed to provide programmers with an application programming interface (API) centred on a resilient distributed dataset, this is a multiset of data items distributed over a cluster of machines.

Spark is capable of running on Hadoop, Mesos, standalone, or in the cloud and can access numerous data sources such as HDFS, Cassandra, HBase, and S3.

 

Why has Spark become so popular?

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