Apache® Spark™ News

It’s a Wrap! A Lookback at Spark Summit in Amsterdam

The Databricks team would like to thank the Apache Spark community and our partners for making the inaugural Spark Summit EU 2015 a great success! The Summit was a sold out event with close to 930 attendees from over 40 countries and 330 companies. Amongst the attendees, over 400 individuals took part in three different training courses in topics ranging from Spark fundamentals to data science.

See You at Spark Summit EU

With the first Spark Summit Europe only days away, we are excited to announce that all 900 tickets have been sold out. Spark Summit is the premier event that brings the Apache Spark community together, where they can hear from leading production users of Spark, Spark SQL, Spark Streaming and related projects; find out where the project development is going, and learn how to use the Spark stack in a variety of applications. The enthusiasm shown by the Spark community turned the Summit from a small gathering of early adopters in San Francisco in 2013 into a global phenomenon of over three thousand people across continents in two year’s time.

Spark Summit Europe Full Agenda available online

This October, join the Apache Spark community in Amsterdam at the Beurs Van Berlage for the very first Spark Summit in Europe! We are happy to announce that the full agenda is now finalized, you can find the full list of 39 community talks along with the first set of keynotes on Spark-Summit.org. Those looking to get hands-on with Spark are encouraged to sign up for one of our workshops.

Databricks is now Generally Available

We are excited to announce today, at Spark Summit 2015, the general availability of the Databricks – a hosted data platform from the team that created Apache Spark. With Databricks, you can effortlessly launch Spark clusters, explore data interactively, run production jobs, and connect third-party applications. We believe Databricks is the easiest way to use big data.

Databricks and IBM Collaborate to Enhance Apache Spark Machine Learning

At today’s Spark Summit, Databricks and IBM announced a joint effort to contribute key machine learning capabilities to the Apache Spark Project.  Over the course of the next few months, Databricks and IBM will collaborate to expand Spark’s machine learning capabilities. The companies plan to introduce new domain specific algorithms to the Spark ecosystem and add new machine learning primitives in the Apache Spark Project. IBM and Databricks will also collaborate to integrate IBM’s SystemML – a robust machine-learning engine for large-scale data, with the Spark platform.

Spark Summit 2015 in San Francisco is just around the corner!

We’re proud to announce that the new Spark Summit website is live! This includes the full list of community talks along with the first set of keynotes. With over 260 submissions this year, the Program Committee had its work cut out narrowing the list to 54 talks. We would like to thank everyone who submitted and invite everyone to submit a presentation for a future Spark Summit (just in case you have not heard as yet, we are taking the Spark Summit to Amsterdam this fall.).

A Look Back at Spark Summit East

We are delighted about the success of the first Spark Summit East, held in New York City on March 18th. The summit was attended by a sold-out crowd of over 900 people from more than 300 organizations.