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The New Smack

by C. Ross Jam on January 2, 2016

You know you’ve been around awhile when you start observing “acronym recycling”.

Circa 2010:

Storage, MAp/reduce, Query

Circa 2016:

Spark, Mesos, Akka, Cassandra, Kafka

When I first heard the term in Ben Lorica’s O’Reilly Data Show podcast episode with Evan Chan, I did a double take. Trawling the interwebs a bit looks like there might be some there there. MeetUps. Slides. Talks. Conferences, sort of. Even manifestos!

Not exactly one-to-one, but definitely square in the same ecosystem. The 2010 Radar article is still surprisingly relevant. And if you think of the trends in “Big Data” over the last 5+ years, SMACK is basically an evolution of SMAQ, refined for the rise of Spark as a compute engine, and updated for the emergence of streaming, unbounded data processing.

SMACK HARD is a little too cute by half though, if you ask me.

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