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The Story of the Cloudera Engineering Hackathon (2014 Edition)

Cloudera’s culture is premised on innovation and teamwork, and there’s no better example of them in action than our internal hackathon.

Cloudera Engineering doubled-down on its “hackathon” tradition last week, with this year’s edition taking an around-the-clock approach thanks to the HQ building upgrade since the 2013 edition (just look at all that space!).

Jay Kreps, Apache Kafka Architect, Visits Cloudera

It was good to see Jay Kreps (@jaykreps), the LinkedIn engineer who is the tech lead for that company’s online data infrastructure, visit Cloudera Engineering yesterday to spread the good word about Apache Kafka.

Kafka, of course, was originally developed inside LinkedIn and entered the Apache Incubator in 2011. Today, it is being widely adopted as a pub/sub framework that works at massive scale (and which is commonly used to write to Apache Hadoop clusters, and even data warehouses).

Jeff Dean’s Talk at Cloudera

Google’s Jeff Dean — among the original architects of MapReduce, Bigtable, and Spanner — revealed some fascinating facts about Google’s internal environment at Cloudera HQ recently.

Earlier this week, we were pleased to welcome Google Senior Fellow Jeff Dean to Cloudera’s Palo Alto HQ to give an overview of some of his group’s current research. Jeff has a peerless pedigree in distributed computing circles, having been deeply involved in the design and implementation of Google’s original advertising serving system, MapReduce, Bigtable, Spanner, and a host of other projects.

What I Learned During My Summer Internship at Cloudera, Part 2

The guest post below is from Wei Yan, a 2013 summer intern at Cloudera. In this post, he helpfully describes his personal projects from this summer. Thanks for your contributions, Wei!

As a Ph.D. student at Vanderbilt University, I work on the Apache Hadoop MapReduce framework, with a focus on optimizing data intensive computing tasks. Although I’m very familiar with MapReduce itself, my curiosity about the use cases for MapReduce and where it generally fits in the Big Data are drew me to Cloudera for the summer of 2013.

What I Learned During My Summer Internship at Cloudera

Catherine Ray, a Summer Intern at Cloudera this year, was kind enough to summarize her experiences for you below. Best of luck in your new field, Catherine!

I’m currently 16 and a rising senior at George Mason University, majoring in Computational Physics. (The full title is Computational and Data Sciences with a concentration in Physics.).

What the Hack! The Story of the Cloudera Hackathon

Every growing, dynamic engineering culture needs a hackathon every once in a while. 

Earlier this week, Cloudera put that thought into action with a two-day, around-the-clock “What the Hack!” internal hackathon in our Palo Alto offices, with our friends from Accel Partners underwriting the omnipresent food and beverage (thanks!). The carrot: “Fun surprise awards, and most important, the rights to brag about your cool hacking ideas.”