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Oct 15–17, 2014 • New York, NY

Tachyon: A Memory Centric Storage System for Big Data Computing

Haoyuan Li (Alluxio)
4:15pm–4:55pm Thursday, 10/16/2014
Hadoop & Beyond
Location: 1 E20/1 E21
Average rating: ****.
(4.36, 11 ratings)

Memory is the key to fast big data processing. This has been realized by many, and frameworks, such as Spark and Shark, already leverage memory performance. With these advancement, big data storage is becoming a critical bottleneck in many workloads.

In this talk, we introduce Tachyon, a memory centric fault-tolerant distributed file system, which enables reliable file sharing at memory-speed across cluster frameworks, such as Spark and MapReduce. Tachyon achieves memory-speed and fault-tolerance by using memory aggressively and leveraging lineage information. Tachyon caches working set files in memory, and enables different jobs/queries and frameworks to access cached files at memory speed. Thus, Tachyon avoids going to disk to load datasets that are frequently read.

Tachyon is Hadoop compatible. Existing Spark and MapReduce programs can run on top of it without any code change. The project is open source and is deployed at multiple companies. It has more than 30 contributors from over 10 institutions, including Yahoo, Intel, Redhat, Alibaba etc. The project is also part of Fedora distribution.

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Haoyuan Li


Haoyuan Li is founder and CEO of Alluxio (formerly Tachyon Nexus), a memory-speed virtual distributed storage system. Before founding the company, Haoyuan was working on his PhD at UC Berkeley’s AMPLab, where he cocreated Alluxio. He is also a founding committer of Apache Spark. Previously, he worked at Conviva and Google. Haoyuan holds an MS from Cornell University and a BS from Peking University.