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Office Hour with Arun Murthy, Alan Gates, and Owen O'Malley

Alan Gates (Hortonworks), Owen O'Malley (HortonWorks), Arun Murthy (Hortonworks)
Office Hour Table D
  • Making Hive perform interactive queries: Tez, vectorization, and optimizer improvements
  • How ORC enables higher performance and more efficient storage
  • Growing Hive’s SQL to be standard compliant: adding subquery, datatypes, updates, deletes, and ACID.
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Alan Gates


Alan is a co-founder at Hortonworks and an original member of the engineering team that took Pig from a Yahoo! Labs research project to a successful Apache open source project. Alan also designed HCatalog and guided its adoption as an Apache Incubator project. Alan has a BS in Mathematics from Oregon State University and a MA in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary. He is also the author of Programming Pig, a book from O’Reilly Press.

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Owen O'Malley


Owen O’Malley is a software architect on Hadoop working for HortonWorks, a startup focusing on Hadoop development. Prior to cofounding HortonWorks, Owen and the rest of the HortonWorks team worked at Yahoo developing Hadoop. He has been contributing patches to Hadoop since before it was separated from Nutch and was the original chair of the Hadoop PMC. Before working on Hadoop, he worked on Yahoo Search’s WebMap project, which builds a graph of the known Web and applies many heuristics to the entire graph that control search. Prior to Yahoo, Owen wandered between testing (UCI), static analysis (Reasoning), configuration management (Sun), and software model checking (NASA). He holds a PhD in software engineering from the University of California, Irvine.

Arun Murthy


Arun is the lead of the MapReduce project in Apache Hadoop where he has been a full-time contributor to Apache Hadoop since its inception in 2006. He is a long-time committer and member of the Apache Hadoop PMC and jointly holds the current world sorting record using Apache Hadoop. Prior to co-founding Hortonworks, Arun was responsible for all MapReduce code and configuration deployed across the 42,000+ servers at Yahoo!. In essence, he was responsible for running Apache Hadoop?s MapReduce as a service for Yahoo!. Twitter: @acmurthy. He is directly responsible for every bit of code and configuration of Map-Reduce deployed at over 40,000 machines running Apache Hadoop.


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