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Russell Spitzer

Software Engineer, DataStax

After earning his Ph.D in bioinformatics from UCSF, Russell Spitzer took his love of big data to DataStax. There he has worked on all aspects of integrating Cassandra with other Apache technologies like Spark, Hadoop and Solr as a test engineer. He currently is working as a developer helping to build better analytics tools for working with Apache Cassandra


Cassandra and Spark: Optimizing for Data Locality

There are only three things that are important in doing analytics on a distributed database: Locality, locality and locality. Learn how the Cassandra-Spark connector builds RDD’s and optimizes for interacting with local Cassandra machines. We’ll…