Hadoop user group for the Baltimore-DC region

February 8th, 2009

A Hadoop User Group (HUG) has formed for the Washington DC area via meetup.com.

“We’re a group of Hadoop & Cloud Computing technologists / enthusiasts / curious people who discuss emerging technologies, Hadoop & related software development (HBase, Hypertable, PIG, etc). Come learn from each other, meet nice people, have some food/drink.”

The group defines it’s geographic location as Columbia MD and their first HUG meetup was held last Wednesday at the BWI Hampton Inn. In addition to informal social interactions, it featured two presentations:

  • Amir Youssefi from Yahoo! presented an overview of Hadoop. Amir is a member of the Cloud Computing and Data Infrastructure group at Yahoo!, and will be discussing Multi-Dataset Processing (Joins) using Hadoop and Hadoop Table.
  • Introduction to complex, fault tolerant data processing workflows using Cascading and Hadoop by Scott Godwin & Bill Oley

If you’re in Maryland and interested you can join the group at meetup.com and get announcements for future meetings. It might provide a good way to learn more about new software to exploit computing clusters and cloud computing.

(Thanks to Chris Diehl for alerting me to this)