Bringing Unix Philosophy to Big Data

The Unix philosophy fundamentally changed the way we think of computing systems: instead of a sealed monolith, the system became a collection of small, easily understood programs that could be quickly connected in novel and ad hoc ways. Today, big data looks much like the operating systems landscape in the pre-Unix 1960s: complicated frameworks surrounding by a priesthood that must manage and protect a fragile system.

Bryan Cantrill in one of the best Big Data talks; describes and demonstrates Manta, a new object store featuring in situ compute that brings the Unix philosophy to big data, allowing tools like grep, awk and sed to be used in map-reduce fashion on arbitrary amounts of data describing both the design challenges in building Manta (a system built largely in node.js)


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