Alluxio (Formerly Tachyon): The Journey thus Far and the Road Ahead

Vault Linux Storage and Filesystems Conference *

Haoyuan Li explores Alluxio’s goal of making its product accessible to an even wider set of users, through a focus on security, new language bindings, and further increased stability. Haoyuan also covers some new APIs Alluxio is working on to allow applications to access data more efficiently and manage data across different under storage systems.

Spark Pipelines in the Cloud with Alluxio

Big Data Day LA *

In this talk, we discuss how Alluxio can be deployed and used with a Spark data processing pipeline in the cloud. We show how pipeline stages can share data with Alluxio memory for improved performance benefits, and how Alluxio can improves completion times and reduces performance variability for Spark pipelines in the cloud.

Using Alluxio (formerly Tachyon) to Speed Up Big Data Analytics [Chinese]

Strata Data Conference Beijing *

An overview of Alluxio basics, demonstrating how Alluxio works and how to use this system to enable distributed computation engines (like Spark or MapReduce) to share data at memory speed. Using hands-on exercises, Yupeng and Rong walk you through deploying and running Alluxio, mounting external storage systems (like S3) into Alluxio’s namespace, interacting Alluxio with built-in commands and WebUI, and building simple big data applications using common computation frameworks (e.g., Apache Spark and Hadoop MapReduce) to read from and write to Alluxio.

Best Practices for Using Alluxio with Apache Spark

Spark Summit San Francisco 2017 *

Alluxio, formerly Tachyon, is a memory speed virtual distributed storage system and leverages memory for storing data and accelerating access to data in different storage systems. Many organizations and deployments use Alluxio with Apache Spark, and some of them scale out to over PB’s of data. Alluxio can enable Spark to be even more effective, in both on-premise deployments and public cloud deployments. Alluxio bridges Spark applications with various storage systems and further accelerates data intensive applications. In this talk, we briefly introduce Alluxio, and present different ways how Alluxio can help Spark jobs. We discuss best practices of using Alluxio with Spark, including RDDs and DataFrames, as well as on-premise deployments and public cloud deployments.

Accelerating Spark Workloads in an Apache Mesos Environment with Alluxio

MesosCon North America 2017 *

Using Alluxio, an open-source memory speed virtual distributed storage system, deployed on Mesos enables connecting any compute framework, such as Apache Spark, to storage systems via a unified namespace. Alluxio enables applications to interact with any data at memory speed. Alluxio can eliminate the pains of ETL and data duplication, and enable new workloads across all data. Adit will discuss the architecture of Mesos, Spark and Alluxio to achieve an optimal architecture for enterprises.

Using Alluxio (formerly Tachyon) as a fault-tolerant pluggable optimization component to compute frameworks of JD system

Strata London *

Alluxio has run in’s production environment on 100 nodes for six months. Mao Baolong, Yiran Wu, and Yupeng Fu explain how uses Alluxio to provide support for ad hoc and real-time stream computing, using Alluxio-compatible HDFS URLs and Alluxio as a pluggable optimization component. To give just one example, one framework, JDPresto, has seen a 10x performance improvement on average. This work has also extended Alluxio and enhanced the syncing between Alluxio and HDFS for consistency.

Alluxio+Presto: An Architecture for Fast SQL in the Cloud

Bay Area Meetup *

Cloud object storage systems provide different semantics and performance implications compared to HDFS. Applications like Presto cannot benefit from the node-level locality or cross-job caching when reading from the cloud. Deploying Alluxio with Presto to access cloud solves these problems because data will be retrieved and cached in Alluxio instead of the underlying cloud or object storage repeatedly. Bin will present the architecture to combine Presto with Alluxio with use cases from major internet companies like and, and their lessons learned to operate this architecture at scale.

Efficient & Secure Big Data Analytics: Perspectives from Uber, Alibaba, & Alluxio

Seattle Meetup *

Over the past two decades, the Big Data stack has reshaped and evolved quickly with numerous innovations driven by the rise of many different open source projects and communities. In this meetup, speakers from Uber, Alibaba, and Alluxio will share best practices for addressing the challenges and opportunities in the developing data architectures using new and emerging open source building blocks. Topics include data format (ORC) optimization, storage security (HDFS), data format (Parquet) layers, and unified data access (Alluxio) layers.