Holden is a transgender Canadian open source developer advocate with a focus on Apache Speark, BEAM, and related "big data" tools. She is the co-author of Learning Spark, High Performance Spark, and another Spark book that's a bit more out of date. She is a committer on the Apache Spark, SystemML, and Mahout projects. Prior to joining Google as a Developer Advocate she worked at IBM, Alpine, Databricks, Google (yes this is her second time), Foursquare, and Amazon. When not in San Francisco, Holden speaks internationally about different big data technologies. She was tricked into the world of big data while trying to improve search and recommendation systems and has long since forgotten her original goal. Outside of work she enjoys playing with fire, riding scooters, and dancing.
Talks I've Given
Keynote: The Magic Behind Spark
Featuring Holden Karau
Apache Spark is one of the most popular general purpose distributed systems, and has driven a lot of growth in the Scala community. This talk will look at the magic which makes Spark work, peeling back the curtain to revel the several hundred gnomes that secretly power most distributed systems.scalax spark keynote scala apache-spark