Apache Hadoop project, and the Hadoop ecosystem has been designed be extremely flexible, and extensible. HDFS, Yarn, and MapReduce combined have more that 1000 configuration parameters that allow users to tune performance of Hadoop applications, and more importantly, extend Hadoop with application-specific functionality, without having to modify any of the core Hadoop code.
In this talk, I will start with simple extensions, such as writing a new InputFormat to efficiently process video files. I will provide with some extensions that boost application performance, such as optimized compression codecs, and pluggable shuffle implementations. With refactoring of MapReduce framework, and emergence of YARN, as a generic resource manager for Hadoop, one can extend Hadoop further by implementing new computation paradigms.
I will discuss one such computation framework, that allows Message Passing applications to run in the Hadoop cluster alongside MapReduce. I will conclude by outlining some of our ongoing work, that extends HDFS, by removing namespace limitations of the current Namenode implementation.
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