National Science Foundation Sponsors Big Data Computing Workshop

Writer(s): Jesica E. Hollinger


Purdue will host a workshop sponsored by the National Science Foundation to improve skills in working with big data using Hadoop, Spark and uRIKA for data processing and analysis.

The Big Data Workshop will be held 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 2, at Stewart Center, Room 314 where participants will gain hands-on experience compiling, packaging, submitting, monitoring, and collecting the output of a Hadoop job.

Participants will gain an overview of the graph analytic approach to data analysis employed by uRIKA and learn how to integrate the Spark platform and its concept of resilient distributed data sets with Hadoop.

The workshop is part of a series of high-performance computing training sessions being held by the National Science Foundation Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE), in which Purdue, through ITaP Research Computing (RCAC), is a partner. The NSF and RCAC are sponsoring the event on campus.

Workshops are delivered using high-definition video conferencing to allow participants to interact in real time with course instructors (in this case from the NSF-funded Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center) and to work in person with local colleagues and experts. High-performance computing staff from ITaP Research Computing (RCAC) will also be on-hand to assist.

The workshop is free and open to faculty, students and staff.  For more information, visit the Information Technology at Purdue website, Specific question can be sent to, or by contacting Greg Kline at 765-494-8167.