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Meet The Co-Creator Of Apache Arrow Project: Wes McKinney

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Voltron Data aims to make the data science ecosystem more efficient, leveraging unified tools and user interfaces from the Apache Arrow project. One of the challenges with big data was the lack of a common standard for connectivity between programming languages and computing engines. So, the Apache Arrow project came out of a need for a solution to improve interoperability and connectivity, while also having a technology that would serve as a foundation for developing next-generation, accelerated, in-memory computing.

In this episode of TFiR Let’s Talk, Swapnil Bhartiya sits down with Wes McKinney, Co-Founder and CTO of Voltron Data, to discuss the challenges of big data, which led to the creation of the Apache Arrow project. He explains how Voltron Data is using Apache Arrow to empower data science developers to accelerate getting data into applications.

Key highlights from this video interview are:

  • Voltron Data aims to create unified tools and user interfaces, accelerating bringing value to the corporate enterprise world through the Arrow project. McKinney discusses the Apache Arrow open source project and ecosystem that he has been building over the past seven years and how this led to the creation of Voltron Data.
  • One of the challenges with big data was the lack of a common standard for connectivity between programming languages and computing engines. McKinney explains why he created the Apache Arrow project and what he had been doing at the time that led to the creation of the project.
  • Arrow had started out as a technology for interoperability and connectivity and had initially been successful in this. It has been adopted across data warehouses and database systems to accelerate getting data into applications. McKinney describes how widely it has been adopted and by what sort of companies.
  • McKinney discusses the value Voltron Data is bringing to the Arrow ecosystem which they are the largest corporate contributor to. He explains their involvement in the project and what they hope to achieve from it.
  • The Data Thread is an upcoming event, which aims to showcase the diversity of the ecosystem and the different ways people are using Arrow. McKinney goes into detail about what to expect from the event.
  • The Data Thread will have several different themes for the talks, with some focused on interoperability, connectivity, improving usability, and the efficiency of systems being plugged together. McKinney explains that there will be lots of different use cases and describes who would be interested in the event.

Connect with Wes McKinney (LinkedIn, Twitter)

Learn more about Voltron Data (LinkedIn, Twitter)

The summary of the show is written by Emily Nicholls.

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