Updates from Project Hydrogen: Unifying State-of-the-Art AI and Big Data in Apache Spark NA

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Project Hydrogen is a major Apache Spark initiative to bring state-of-the-art AI and Big Data solutions together. It contains three major projects: 1) barrier execution mode 2) optimized data exchange and 3) accelerator-aware scheduling. A basic implementation of barrier execution mode was merged into Apache Spark 2.4.0, and the community is working on the latter two. In this talk, we will present progress updates to Project Hydrogen and discuss the next steps.

First, we will review the barrier execution mode implementation from Spark 2.4.0. It enables developers to embed distributed training jobs properly on a Spark cluster. We will demonstrate distributed AI integrations built on top it, e.g., Horovod and Distributed TensorFlow. We will also discuss the technical challenges to implement those integrations and future work. Second, we will outline on-going work for optimized data exchange. Its target scenario is distributed model inference. We will present how we do performance testing/profiling, where the bottlenecks are, and how to improve the overall throughput on Spark. If time allows, we might also give updates on accelerator-aware scheduling.

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About Xiangrui Meng

Xiangrui Meng is an Apache Spark PMC member and a software engineer at Databricks. His main interests center around developing and implementing scalable algorithms for scientific applications. He has been actively involved in the development and maintenance of Spark MLlib since he joined Databricks. Before Databricks, he worked as an applied research engineer at LinkedIn, where he was the main developer of an offline machine learning framework in Hadoop MapReduce. His Ph.D. work at Stanford is on randomized algorithms for large-scale linear regression problems.