There are an ever increasing number of use cases, like online fraud detection, for which the response times of traditional batch processing are too slow. In order to be able to react to such events in close to real-time, you need to go beyond classical batch processing and utilize stream processing systems such as Apache Spark Streaming, Apache Flink, or Apache Storm. These systems, however, are not sufficient on their own. For an efficient and fault-tolerant setup, you also need a message queue and storage system. One common example for setting up a fast data pipeline is the SMACK stack. SMACK stands for Spark (Streaming) – the stream processing system Mesos – the cluster orchestrator Akka – the system for providing custom actors for reacting upon the analyses Cassandra – the storage system Kafka – the message queue Setting up this kind of pipeline in a scalable, efficient and fault-tolerant manner is not trivial. First, this workshop will discuss the different components in the SMACK stack. Then, participants will get hands-on experience in setting up and maintaining data pipelines.