Ian Pointer

Ian Pointer is a senior big data and deep learning architect, working with Apache Spark and PyTorch. He has more than 15 years of development and operations experience.

What is Apache Spark? The big data analytics platform explained

Look out, Spark and Storm, here comes Apache Apex

Look out, Spark and Storm, here comes Apache Apex

A new open source streaming analytics solution derived from DataTorrent's RTS platform, Apex offers blazing speed and simplified programmability. Let's give it a spin

Apache Beam wants to be uber-API for big data

Apache Beam wants to be uber-API for big data

New, useful Apache big data projects seem to arrive daily. Rather than relearn your way every time, what if you could go through a unified API?

Which freaking big data programming language should I use?

Which freaking big data programming language should I use?

When it comes to wrangling data at scale, R, Python, Scala, and Java have you covered -- mostly

Why Spark 1.6 is a big deal for big data

Why Spark 1.6 is a big deal for big data

Already the hottest thing in big data, Spark 1.6 turns up the heat. Here are the high points, including improved streaming and memory management

5 things we hate about Spark

5 things we hate about Spark

Spark has dethroned MapReduce and changed big data forever, but that rapid ascent has been accompanied by persistent frustrations

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