Preface

Back in 2007, Twitter users would experience "fail whale" captioned with "Too many tweets..." occasionally. On August 03, 2013, Twitter posted a new high-tweet rate record: 143,199 per second, and we rarely saw the fail whale. Many things changed since 2007. People and things connected to the Internet have increased exponentially. Cloud computing and hardware on demand have become cheap and easily available. Distributed computing and the NoSQL paradigm have taken off with a plethora of freely available, robust, proven, and open source projects to store large datasets, process it, and visualize it. "Big Data" has become a cliché. With massive amounts of data that get generated at a very high speed via people or machines, our capability ...

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