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IBM commits to Apache Spark compute engine

Thor Olavsrud | June 16, 2015
Calling Apache Spark "the most important new open source project in a decade that is being defined by data," IBM today announced that it will embed the compute engine into its analytics and commerce platforms and offer Spark as a service on IBM Bluemix.

Lighting a fire under Spark ecosystem

IBM has committed to taking the following actions to accelerate open source innovation in the Spark ecosystem:

  • It will build Spark into the core of the company's analytics and commerce platforms.
  • IBM will open source its IBM SystemML machine learning technology and collaborate with Databricks to advance Spark's machine learning capabilities.
  • IBM will offer Spark as a service on IBM Bluemix to make it possible for any app developer to load data, model it and derive the predictive artifact to use in their app.
  • IBM will commit more than 3,500 researchers and developers to work on Spark-related projects at more than a dozen labs worldwide, and open a Spark Technology Center in San Francisco for the Data Science and Developer community to foster design-led innovation in intelligent applications.
  • IBM will educate at least one million data scientists and data engineers on Spark through extensive partnerships with AMPLab, DataCamp, MetiStream, Galvanize and Big Data University MOOC.


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