Course description

The goal of this course is to learn core principles of building highly distributed, highly available systems for processing large volumes of data with historical and near real-time querying capabilities. We cover the stages of data processing that are common to most real-world systems, including high-volume, high-speed data ingestion, historical and real-time metrics aggregation, unique counts, data de-duplication and reprocessing, storage options for different operations, and principles of distributed data indexing and search. We review approaches to solving common challenges of such systems and implement some of them. The focus of this course is on understanding the challenges and core principles of big data processing, not on specific frameworks or technologies used for implementation. We review a few notable technologies for each area with a deeper dive into a few select ones. The course is structured as a progression of topics covering the full, end-to-end data processing pipeline typical in real-world scenarios.


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