What is Spark
Apache Spark is a cluster computing framework, similar to Apache Hadoop. Wikipedia has a great description of it:
Apache Spark is an open source cluster computing framework originally developed in the AMPLab at University of California, Berkeley but was later donated to the Apache Software Foundation where it remains today. In contrast to Hadoop’s two-stage disk-based MapReduce paradigm, Spark’s multi-stage in-memory primitives provides performance up to 100 times faster for certain applications. By allowing user programs to load data into a cluster’s memory and query it repeatedly, Spark is well-suited to machine learning algorithms.
In contrast to popular belief, Spark does not require all data to fit into memory but will use caching to speed up the operations …[Read more]