Building a cutting-edge data processing environment on a budget

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As a penniless academic I wanted to do "big data" for science. Open source, Python, and simple patterns were the way forward. Staying on top of todays growing datasets is an arm race. Data analytics machinery —clusters, NOSQL, visualization, Hadoop, machine learning, ...— can spread a team's resources thin. Focusing on simple patterns, lightweight technologies, and a good understanding of the applications gets us most of the way for a fraction of the cost. These patterns appear underline the design of Mayav

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