The first release (0.19.0) from the 0.19 branch of Apache Hadoop Core was made on November 24. Many changes go into a release like this, and it can be difficult to get a feel for the more significant ones, even with the detailed Jira log, change log, and release notes. (There’s also JDiff documentation, which is a great way to see how the public API changed,
(guest blog post by Matei Zaharia)
When Apache Hadoop started out, it was designed mainly for running large batch jobs such as web indexing and log mining. Users submitted jobs to a queue, and the cluster ran them in order. However, as organizations placed more data in their Hadoop clusters and developed more computations they wanted to run, another use case became attractive: sharing a MapReduce cluster between multiple users.
Apache Hadoop exists within a rich ecosystem of tools for processing and analyzing large data sets. At Facebook, my previous employer, we contributed a few projects of note to this ecosystem, all under the Apache 2.0 license:
- Thrift: A cross-language RPC framework that powers many of Facebook’s services, include search, ads, and chat. Among other things, Thrift defines a compact binary serialization format that is often used to persist data structures for later analysis.