Hands on Hadoop with Amazon EC2

A few months ago, I gave a talk at the Chelmsford Technology Skill Share Group. It was focused on the whys and wherefores of NoSQL and Map/Reduce. If you are interested in a copy of the presentation, please contact me.

Next week (9/14/11, 4:00 pm, Chelmsford Public Library, McCarthy Meeting Room. Directions.), I'll be giving a hands-on introduction to running Hadoop on Amazon EC2.

It will be as hands-on as the previous talk was conceptual. For the actual material, we will use the excellent tutorial by Michael Noll. Michael first wrote it in 2007 and has kept it up to date. The tutorial helps you install map/reduce and use it for computing the count of every word in a large text. We will use Ulysses by James Joyce as our sample text. Can we do this in 90 minutes? Yes, we can. But the goal is to get the most out of the journey.

To get the most out of the talk, you should be prepared to sign up for an Amazon account. They require a credit card but the credit card won't actually get charged because our usage will be a few ...