Presentation: Serverless for Data Science

Track: Handling Sequential Data Like an Expert / ML Applied to Operations

Location: Cyril Magnin II

Duration: 12:45pm - 12:55pm

Day of week: Wednesday

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In this talk we'll first see the basic idea behind serverless cloud architecture and learn how to deploy a very simple web application to AWS Lambda using Zappa. We'll then look in detail at the embarrassingly parallel data science problems where serverless really shines. In particular we'll take a look at PyWren, an ultra-lightweight alternative to heavy big data distributed systems such as Spark.

Note: This is a short talk. Short talks are 10-minute talks designed to offer breadth across the areas of machine learning, artificial intelligence, and data engineering. The short talks are focused on the tools and practices of data science with an eye towards the software engineer.

Speaker: Mike Lee Williams

Research engineer @Cloudera Fast Forward Labs

Mike Lee Williams does applied research into computer science, statistics and machine learning at Cloudera Fast Forward Labs. While getting his PhD in astrophysics he spent 2% of his time observing the heavens in beautiful far west Texas, and the other 98% trying to figure out how to fit straight lines to data. He once did a postdoc at the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics, which, amazingly, is a real place.

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