Tom White

Tom White

Hadoop expert, author.

  • @tom_e_white

Areas of Expertise:

  • Apache Hadoop
  • distributed computing
  • big data
  • programming
  • writing
Tom White has been an Apache Hadoop committer since February 2007, and is a member of the Apache Software Foundation. He works for Cloudera, a company set up to offer Hadoop support and training. Previously he was as an independent Hadoop consultant, working with companies to set up, use, and extend Hadoop. He has written numerous articles for O'Reilly, and IBM's developerWorks, and has spoken at several conferences, including at ApacheCon 2008 on Hadoop. Tom has a Bachelor's degree in Mathematics from the University of Cambridge and a Master's in Philosophy of Science from the University of Leeds, UK.

Hadoop: The Definitive Guide Hadoop: The Definitive Guide
by Tom White
Fourth Edition April 2015
Print: $49.99
Ebook: $42.99

Hadoop: The Definitive Guide Hadoop: The Definitive Guide
by Tom White
Third Edition May 2012

Hadoop: The Definitive Guide Hadoop: The Definitive Guide
by Tom White
Second Edition October 2010

Hadoop: The Definitive Guide Hadoop: The Definitive Guide
by Tom White
June 2009
Ebook: $35.99

Tom blogs at:

Why are Eight Bits Enough for Deep Neural Networks?

May 23 2015

Picture by Retronator Deep learning is a very weird technology. It evolved over decades on a very different track than the mainstream of AI, kept alive by the efforts of a handful of believers. When I started using it a few years ago, it reminded me of the first time… read more


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How Shazam predicts pop hits

May 22 2015

Subscribe to the O’Reilly Radar Podcast to track the technologies and people that will shape our world in the years to come. In this week’s Radar Podcast, I chat with Cait O’Riordan, VP of product, music and platforms at Shazam. … read more

Webcast: The State of Hadoop
September 15, 2010
Apache Hadoop is a part of a growing ecosystem of projects for large-scale data analysis which is being used to solve problems for organizations in a wide range of disciplines. This talk will touch on what's new in the second edition of Hadoop: The Definitive...

Webcast: An Introduction to Hadoop
July 16, 2009
In this webcast, Cloudera founder Christophe Bisciglia and O'Reilly author Tom White will provide an introduction to Hadoop/MapReduce, the open source project that allows organizations to process, store and analyze massive application datasets.

"This is a 'must' for any serious programming reference library. "
--James A. Cox, The Midwest Book Review: The Bookwatch, The Computer Shelf, August 2012, Volume 7, Number 8

"If you happen to start working with Hadoop in your project or considering some of the related technologies--this book is a great start."
--Paris Apostolopoulos, Papo's log

"The book is a good reference, capturing new developments of Hadoop and its ecosystem of projects sufficiently across its breadth."
--Mitch Pronschinske,

"Chapter 1 should be required reading for everyone associated with the computer excellent reference work and contains information detailed enough for those wanting to dig deeper into a particular topic."
--John S. Griffin,

"Here is the essential source of information about the Apache Hadoop open source framework, used to process large datasets. "
--Michael L. Kleper, The Kleper Report on Digital Publishing

"Now you have the opportunity to learn about Hadoop from a master—not only of the technology, but also of common sense and plain talk."
--Doug Cutting, Hadoop Founder, Yahoo!