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Building Distributed Pipelines for Data Science Using Kafka, Spark, and Cassandra

Learn how to introduce a distributed data science pipeline in your organization

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Building a distributed pipeline is a huge—and complex—undertaking. If you want to ensure yours is scalable, has fast in-memory processing, can handle real-time or streaming data feeds with high throughput and low-latency, is well suited for ad-hoc queries, can be spread across multiple data centers, is built to allocate resources efficiently, and is designed to allow for future changes, join Andy Petrella and Xavier Tordoir for this immensely practical hands-on course.

What you’ll learn—and how you can apply it

By the end of this course, you’ll have a solid understanding of:

  • The most important technologies for a distributed pipeline, when they should be used—and how
  • How to integrate scalable technologies into your company’s existing data architecture
  • How to build a successful, scalable, elastic, distributed pipeline using a lean approach

This course is for you if…

  • You’re a data scientist with experience with data modeling, business intelligence, or a traditional data pipeline and need to deal with bigger or faster data
  • You’re a software or data engineer with experience in architecting solutions in Scala, Java, or Python and you need to integrate scalable technologies in your company’s architecture


  • Intermediate knowledge of an object-oriented language and basic knowledge of a functional programming language, as well as basic experience with a JVM
  • Understanding of classic web architecture and service-oriented architecture
  • Basic understanding of ETL, streaming data, and distributed data architectures
  • Intermediate understanding of Docker and UNIX, as well as some basic knowledge about networks (IP, DNS, SSH, etc.)

About your instructors

Andy Petrella

Andy Petrella is a mathematician turned into a distributed computing entrepreneur, in addition to being a Scala and Spark trainer. Andy participated in many projects built using Spark, Cassandra, and other distributed technologies, in various fields including geospatial, IoT, automotive, and smart cities projects.

Andy is the creator of the Spark Notebook, the only reactive and fully Scala notebook for Apache Spark. In 2015, Andy founded Data Fellas, working on an integrated and reactive distributed data science toolkit orchestrated from within the Spark Notebook.

Xavier Tordoir

Xavier Tordoir started his career as a researcher in experimental physics, focused on data processing. He took part in projects in finance, genomics, and software development for academic research, working on time series, prediction of biological molecular structures and interactions, and applied machine learning methodologies. He developed solutions to manage and process data distributed across data centers.

Xavier founded and works at Data Fellas, a company dedicated to distributed computing and advanced analytics, leveraging Scala, Spark, and other distributed technologies.


  • Day 1 ()
    • Introduction, Spark, Spark Notebook, and Kafka
    • Assignment #1
  • Day 2 ()
    • Streaming: Spark, Kafka, and Cassandra
    • Data analysis and external libraries
    • Assignment #2
  • Day 3 ()
    • Microservices, cluster management, job orchestration, and live demo of end-to-end distributed pipeline
    • Final discussion & wrap up

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Individual ticket: $299

Participate in this workshop from the convenience of your home, your office… whatever environment you find most comfortable and conducive to an intensive educational experience.

With post-course support: $799

Individual ticket plus the ability to correspond with the instructors about the content of the course for 2 weeks after the course ends. (Consulting for specific use cases is not included.)

If you already have a ticket and would like to add post-course support, please contact customer service.

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Taking this course as a team ensures that everyone is on the same page and understands both the immediate and long-term and immediate goals of your project. Exploring new ideas and collaborating on exercises together is a great team-building experience; everyone on your team will have the opportunity to ask questions, discuss use cases, and learn from other participants.

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