Analytics Blog

How to Use the YARN API to Determine Resources Available for Spark Application Submission (Part 1)

At Alpine we continue to deliver new enterprise analytic features within Chorus. With Chorus 6.1 we launched the ability to deliver sophisticated auto-tuning for Spark jobs. Chorus automatically determines the settings needed to launch a Spark Application by using information on the size of the data being analyzed, the analytical operations being used in the… Read more »

An Introduction to PFA

With Chorus 6.1 we have introduced the support for PFA, the Portable Format for Analytics. Before we get into what PFA is let’s make some observations about the data science process. There are a few important questions we can ask about the process in general: 1.) What is our processing model? 2.) What are our… Read more »

Integrating with Financial Data Providers

In some of our routine customer engagements with the financial services industry, a question we repeatedly face is around the difficulty of integrating analytics platforms like Alpine with industry-standard data providers such as Thomson Reuters, Bloomberg, FactSet or Quandl. Often enough, this sparks a follow-up question on integrating the Alpine platform with third-party external APIs…. Read more »