Boston Event Alert: Spark-as-a-Service demo by Qubole & Big Data Apps by DataXu


Join us on Thursday March 5th for a meetup at DataXu’s Boston HQ!

Spark-as-a-Service demonstration by Qubole and Big Data Applications by DataXu


  • Ashish Thusoo, Co-Founder, CEO, Qubole
  • Bill Simmons, CTO, DataXu
  • Praveen Seluka, Engineer, Qubole

Spark has the potential to “run programs up to 100 times faster than Hadoop MapReduce in memory, or 10 times faster on disk.” according to stats on And with the Qubole Data Service (QDS) Spark as a Service offering, ad-hoc users can launch Spark clusters in minutes. In this presentation Ashish will provide a broad overview of Qubole and how Spark as a service fits into the platform. This will be followed by a hands-on demonstration from Praveen Seluka, that will cover combining data from various sources, including Spark, and using QDS’ query editor and visual query builder to give developers and data scientists an easy and immediate way to access Spark data.

DataXu puts Big Data to work with a suite of cloud-based marketing applications. Scaling up to a multi-petabyte data operation requires serious behind-the-scenes technology. This CTO presentation by Bill Simmons will reveal the layers in place that enable DataXu to monitor over 1.5 million page views every second.

As always, food and beer will be served! RSVP through Meetup here, and we hope to see you on March 5th!