Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Visit to DIMA at Technische Universitaet

I had a great visit today at the DIMA laboratory at TU in Berlin.  They are working on an interesting system called Stratosphere which provides an interesting generalization generalization of map-reduce.  Of particular interest is the run-time flexibility for adapting how the flow partitions or transfers data.

They accomplish this by having a lower level abstraction layer that supports a larger repertoire of basic options beyond just map and reduce.  These operations include match, cross product and co-group.  Having a wider range of operations and retaining some additional flow information at that level allows them to do on-the-fly selection of the detailed algorithm for different operations based on the statistics of the  data and the properties of the user-supplied functions.

Here's a pic of me answering questions about startups and log-likelihood ratio tests.

2 comments:

Thomas said...

It was great to have you visit our group. Thank you for the interesting discussions.

Ted Dunning ... apparently Bayesian said...

Thanks for having me over. I was glad to see your work.