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Introduction to the Blog Site

This is my personal blog site, on topics related to big-data analytics platform. Roughly speaking, the platform layer of the big-data stack includes software technologies that enable the development of analytics software. For instance, distributed database systems can be considered to be at the platform layer.

A little introduction of me the blogger. I think of myself a Big-data Hands-on Architect. After I got my Ph.D. in database systems in 2002 (University of California, Riverside), I worked as a faculty member for 7 years and then switched to the industry. I've moved from Microsoft to Paradigm4 to Facebook. At Microsoft I worked on a single-server system (Microsoft SQL Server). At Paradigm4 (which was founded by Turing Award Laureate Mike Stonebraker) I led the engineering team to develop a "tight-clustering" distributed system (SciDB). At Facebook I'm working on "loose-clustering" distributed systems (Spark, etc.). These experiences provided me a reasonably thorough and deep understanding of the landscape.

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed on this site are mine and do not necessarily represent those of my employer.  You won’t find any confidential company information here, and while you’re welcome to get in touch with me, I’m afraid I can’t put you in contact with my employer.


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