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About the Course

Manipulating big data distributed over a cluster using functional concepts is rampant in industry, and is arguably one of the first widespread industrial uses of functional ideas. This is evidenced by the popularity of MapReduce and Hadoop, and most recently Apache Spark, a fast, in-memory distributed collections framework written in Scala. In this course, we'll see how the data parallel paradigm can be extended to the distributed case, using Spark throughout. We'll cover Spark's programming model in detail, being careful to understand how and when it differs from familiar programming models, like shared-memory parallel collections or sequential Scala collections. Through hands-on examples in Spark and Scala, we'll learn when important issues related to distribution like latency and network communication should be considered and how they can be addressed effectively for improved performance. Learning Outcomes. By the end of this course you will be able to: - read data from persistent storage and load it into Apache Spark, - manipulate data with Spark and Scala, - express algorithms for data analysis in a functional style, - recognize how to avoid shuffles and recomputation in Spark, Recommended background: You should have at least one year programming experience. Proficiency with Java or C# is ideal, but experience with other languages such as C/C++, Python, Javascript or Ruby is also sufficient. You should have some familiarity using the command line. This course is intended to be taken after Parallel Programming:

Top reviews

Jun 7, 2017

The sessions where clearly explained and focused. Some of the exercises contained slightly confusing hints and information, but I'm sure those mistakes will be ironed out in future iterations. Thanks!

Nov 28, 2019

Excellent overview of Spark, including exercises that solidify what you learn during the lectures. The development environment setup tutorials were also very helpful, as I had not yet worked with sbt.

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By Martin M

May 2, 2020

A very nicely paced introduction to spark and all of its major APIs

By Vishwanath G

Mar 17, 2018

Learnt a lot with this course. Excellent explinations of concepts..

By Milorad T

Apr 9, 2020

The best in the specialization. Teacher is such easy to listen to.

By Johan R

Dec 28, 2018

Very good introduction which gets you to be productive on your own

By Eike H

Mar 16, 2020

Great course, helped me quickly gain important insights to Spark.

By Gao Y

Apr 4, 2017

Nice course. Big jump at the end. The assignment is well hinted.

By Yogen R

Mar 28, 2020

Excellent course materials and concepts explanation by Heather!

By Navjinder V

Dec 18, 2018

Great Course content with amazing and challenging assignments!

By lu

Sep 16, 2017

A good introduction to Scala programming in Spark environment.

By Gary Z

Apr 9, 2017

Best Spark Scala course! Clear explanation! Thanks Dr. Heather

By Janis S

Oct 7, 2020

The best Apache Spark course I have seen so far. Many thanks.

By Konrad C

Jan 27, 2019

A lot things to learn and experiment.

Challenging assignments.

By Natalija I

Sep 26, 2018

Great course, I really enjoyed learning! Thank you Dr. Miller

By Deleted A

Aug 21, 2017

It's a great course for those who want to learn Apache Spark.

By Parker G

Apr 10, 2017

Great course! The powerpoint/slides/pdfs are a GREAT resource

By Carsten I

Jun 30, 2019

Excellent class, very well stuctured, clear and informative.

By Murat A

Jan 19, 2019

It was very challenging, but also informative. Thanks a lot.

By Manoj K

Aug 27, 2017

This course make me to fall in love with SPARK framework :)

By Sivakumar P

Nov 29, 2018

Course is very useful to understand Spark and Scala things.

By Ravishankar N N

Sep 14, 2017

Superb course..very detailed and useful.. highly recommend

By Ravi S

Jul 6, 2017

Course material is pretty good. Week 2 assignment is hard.

By Nikhil R

Nov 9, 2019

Helpful for anyoe who wants to start with basics of Spark

By Art P

Mar 10, 2018

Thank you! Some additional examples would be appreciable.

By Evaldas M

Apr 8, 2017

great course, finally understand what spark is all about!


May 27, 2020

Very good course to understand Apache Spark using scala.