Accelerating Cloud Pipelines with Alluxio and Fast Durable Writes

Using Alluxio, data can be shared between pipeline stages at memory speed. By reading and writing data in Alluxio, the data can stay in memory for the next stage of the pipeline, and this can greatly increase the performance. Alluxio Enterprise Edition (AEE) introduces Fast Durable Writes, a feature which enables low latency and fault-tolerant writes. In this article, we describe the Fast Durable Writes feature, and explore how Alluxio can be deployed and used with a data pipeline.

Flexible and Fast Storage for Deep Learning with Alluxio

In the age of growing datasets and increased computing power, deep learning has become a popular technique for AI. Deep learning models continue to improve their performance across a variety of domains, with access to more and more data, and the processing power to train larger neural networks. This rise of deep learning advances the state-of-the-art for AI, but also exposes some challenges for the access to data and storage systems. In this article, we further describe the storage challenges for deep learning workloads and how Alluxio can help to solve them.

Accelerating Data Analytics on Ceph Object Storage with Alluxio

This is an excerpt from the Accelerating Data Analytics on Ceph Object Storage with Alluxio whitepaper.
As the volume of data collected by enterprises has grown, there is a continual need to find efficient storage solutions. Owing to its simplicity, scalability and cost-efficiency object storage, including Ceph, has increasingly become a popular alternative to traditional file systems. In most cases the object storage system, on-premise or in the cloud, is decoupled from compute nodes where analytics is run. There are several benefits of this separation.

Using Alluxio to Improve the Performance and Consistency of HDFS Clusters

Alluxio is the world’s first memory-speed virtual distributed storage system that bridges applications and underlying storage systems, providing unified data access orders of magnitudes faster than existing solutions. The Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS) is a distributed file system for storing large volumes of data. HDFS popularized the paradigm of bringing computation to data and the co-located compute and storage architecture.
In this blog, we highlight two key benefits Alluxio brings to a compute cluster co-located with HDFS.

Accelerating On-Demand Data Analytics with Alluxio

This is an excerpt from the Accelerating On-Demand Data Analytics with Alluxio whitepaper, which includes a detailed implementation guide in addition to this high level overview.
In the Big Data world, it is often the case that only a subset of the total data is relevant for answering the question at hand. As a result, the total cost of ownership for long running clusters for analytics is high while utilization is low, especially when adopting an architecture of co-locating compute and storage.