Building a high-performance data lake analytics engine at Alibaba Cloud with Presto+Alluxio

Data Lake Analytics(DLA) is a large scale serverless data federation service on Alibaba Cloud. One of its serverless analytics engine is based on Presto. The DLA Presto engine supports a variety of data sources and is widely used in different application scenarios in the cloud. In this session, we will talk about the system architecture of DLA Presto engine, as well as the challenges and solutions. In particular, we will introduce the use of alluxio local cache to solve performance issues on OSS data sources caused by access delay and OSS bandwidth limitation. We will discuss the principle of alluxio local cache and some improvements we have made.

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Introducing what’s new in Alluxio 2.5

Alluxio 2.5 focuses on improving interface support to broaden the set of data driven applications which can benefit from data orchestration. The POSIX and S3 client interfaces have greatly improved in performance and functionality as a result of the widespread usage and demand from AI/ML workloads and system administration needs. Alluxio is rapidly evolving to meet the needs of enterprises that are deploying it as a key component of their AI/ML stacks.

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Accelerate Analytics and ML in the Hybrid Cloud Era

Many companies we talk to have on premises data lakes and use the cloud(s) to burst compute. Many are now establishing new object data lakes as well. As a result, running analytics such as Hive, Spark, Presto and machine learning are experiencing sluggish response times with data and compute in multiple locations. We also know there is an immense and growing data management burden to support these workflows.

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Accelerate Analytics and ML in the Hybrid Cloud Era

Many companies we talk to have on premises data lakes and use the cloud(s) to burst compute. Many are now establishing new object data lakes as well. As a result, running analytics such as Hive, Spark, Presto and machine learning are experiencing sluggish response times with data and compute in multiple locations. We also know there is an immense and growing data management burden to support these workflows.

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Alluxio Architecture and Scaling Performance

In this talk, I will introduce the high-level architecture of the current system, and present the various components of Alluxio. Also, I will discuss some of the main challenges of large scale Alluxio deployments, and the lessons we learned from those environments. This talk will detail some of the major scalability improvements added in the past several months, and how users can benefit from the changes.

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Introducing the Hub for Data Orchestration

We introduce Data Orchestration Hub, a management service that makes it easy to build an analytics or machine learning platform on data sources across regions to unify data lakes. Easy to use wizards connect compute engines, such as Presto or Spark, to data sources across data centers or from a public cloud to a private data center. In this session, you will witness the use of “The Hub” to connect a compute cluster in the cloud with data sources on-premises using Alluxio. This new service allows you to build a hybrid cloud on your own, without the expertise needed to manage or configure Alluxio.

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The Future of Computing is Distributed

Distributed applications are not new. The first distributed applications were developed over 50 years ago with the arrival of computer networks, such as ARPANET. Since then, developers have leveraged distributed systems to scale out applications and services, including large-scale simulations, web serving, and big data processing. However, until recently, distributed applications have been the exception, rather than the norm. However, this is changing quickly.

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