Archive for September, 2009

50% Discount for Hadoop World 2009

For those who don’t know, I joined Cloudera in January of this year. One of my first projects was to help create an Apache 2.0 licensed distribution of Apache Hadoop that is easy-to-install and stable. If you’re interested in running Hadoop on your cluster, you should take a moment to read my recent Cloudera blog post on our latest release. I’m thrilled to be working for a company that values open-source software. I’m also a committer on the Apache Avro project, where I’m working on the C implementation of the Avro marshalling/RPC protocol. Avro has great promise as a replacement for our current XDR/XML schemas. More on that in a later post.

For all the ganglia users out there that run Hadoop on their clusters and want to go to Hadoop World 2009, I’ve got a special discount code for you. Just use the discount code hadoopworld_friend_cloudera_ganglia when you register and you’ll immediately get 50% off the cost of registration (a drop from from $299 to $149.50). This discount code expires September 21st so don’t wait too long to register. I want the ganglia community to have a chance to be strongly represented at Hadoop World.

Hadoop World 2009 will be in New York on October 2nd, 2009. I invite you to come learn about what the following companies have done with Hadoop: About.com, Booz Allen Hamilton, China Mobile, ContextWeb, eBay, Facebook, IBM, Intel, JPMC, Microsoft, The New York Times, NexR, Rackspace, Vertica, Visa, Visible Measures, Yale, and Yahoo! If you have ever wondered what Hadoop might be able to do for you, this is your chance to learn both from leaders in the webspace and within your own industry.

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Ganglia Code Swarm

When I updated the look of the ganglia website, I couldn’t help but feel a bit nostalgic looking through the old posts and pages. I joined the UC, Berkeley CS Dept. back in 1999 and, after couple of internal prototypes, released ganglia on SourceForge in 2000. Since its release, we built quite a team around ganglia and I’m proud of our accomplishments. We’ve created software that people have relied on to monitor their infrastructure for nine years running. Even though ganglia is a bit of a niche product targeting clusters and Grids, it’s still been downloaded over a million times.

For fun, I decided to visualize the history of ganglia using a code_swarm from June 19th, 2002 to present (btw, June 19th was the day we moved from cvs to subversion).

Please keep in mind that this video only highlights the activity of ganglia committers but we’ve had so much help along the way. Many times, committers are checking in patches submitted by one of the scores of volunteers that have enriched our software over the years.

Sit back and enjoy the fireworks!

May there be many more sparks to come.

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