Spark is rapidly catching fire with the machine learning and data science community for a number of reasons. Predominantly, it is making it possible to extend and enhance machine learning algorithms to a level we’ve never seen before. In this talk, we’ll give examples of two areas Alpine Data Labs has contributed to the Spark project: Bio: DB Tsai is a Machine Learning Engineer working at Alpine Data Labs. His current focus is on Big Data, Data Mining, and Machine Learning. He uses Hadoop, Spark, Mahout, and several Machine Learning algorithms to build powerful, scalable, and robust cloud-driven applications. His favorite programming languages are Java, Scala, and Python. DB is a Ph.D. candidate in Applied Physics at Stanford University (currently taking leave of absence). He holds a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University, as well as a Master's degree in Physics from National Taiwan University.