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From Suneel Marthi <smar...@apache.org>
Subject [ANNOUNCE] Apache Mahout 0.11.0 released
Date Fri, 07 Aug 2015 13:03:17 GMT
The Apache Mahout PMC is pleased to announce the release of Mahout 0.11.0.

Mahout's goal is to create an environment for quickly creating machine
learning applications that scale and run on the highest performance
parallel computation engines available. Mahout comprises an interactive
environment and library that supports generalized scalable linear algebra
and includes many modern machine learning algorithms.


The Mahout Math environment we call “Samsara” for its symbol of universal
renewal. It reflects a fundamental rethinking of how scalable machine
learning algorithms are built and customized. Mahout-Samsara is here to
help people create their own math while providing some off-the-shelf
algorithm implementations. At its base are general linear algebra and
statistical operations along with the data structures to support them. It’s
written in Scala with Mahout-specific extensions, and runs most fully on
Spark.


To get started with Apache Mahout 0.11.0, download the release artifacts
and signatures from http://www.apache.org/dist/mahout/0.11.0/.


Many thanks to the contributors and committers who were part of this
release. Please see below for the Release Highlights.



RELEASE HIGHLIGHTS


This is a minor release over Mahout 0.10.0 meant to introduce several new
features and to fix some bugs.  Mahout 0.11.0 includes all new features and
bugfixes released in Mahout versions 0.10.1, and 0.10.2.



Mahout 0.11.0 new features compared to Mahout 0.10.0



  1.  Spark 1.3 support.

  2.  In-core transpose view rewrites. Modifiable transpose views eg. (for
(col <- a.t) col := 5).

  3.  Performance and parallelization improvements for AB', A'B, A'A spark
physical operators. This speeds SimilarityAnalysis and it’s associated
jobs, spark-itemsimilarity and spark-rowsimilarity.

  4.  Optional structural "flavor" abstraction for in-core matrices.
In-core matrices can now be tagged as e.g. sparse or dense.

  5.  %*% optimization based on matrix flavors.

  6.  In-core ::= sparse assignment functions.

  7.  Assign := optimization (do proper traversal based on matrix flavors,
similarly to %*%).

  8.  Adding in-place elementwise functional assignment (e.g. mxA := exp _,
mxA ::= exp _).

  9.  Distributed and in-core version of simple elementwise analogues of
scala.math._. for example, for log(x) the convention is dlog(drm),
mlog(mx), vlog(vec). Unfortunately we cannot overload these functions over
what is done in scala.math, i.e. scala would not allow log(mx) or log(drm)
and log(Double) at the same time, mainly because they are being defined in
different packages.

  10. Distributed and in-core first and second moment routines. R analogs:
mean(), colMeans(), rowMeans(), variance(), sd(). By convention,
distributed versions are prepended by (d) letter: colMeanVars()
colMeanStdevs() dcolMeanVars() dcolMeanStdevs().

  11. Distance and squared distance matrix routines. R analog: dist().
Provide both squared and non-squared eucledian distance matrices. By
convention, distributed versions are prepended by (d) letter: dist(x),
sqDist(x), dsqDist(x). Also a variation for pair-wise distance matrix of
two different inputs x and y: sqDist(x,y), dsqDist(x,y).

  12. DRM row sampling api.

  13. Distributed performance bug fixes. This relates mostly to (a) matrix
multiplication deficiencies, and (b) handling parallelism.

  14. Distributed engine neutral allreduceBlock() operator api for Spark
and H2O.

  15. Distributed optimizer operators for elementwise functions. Rewrites
recognizing e.g. 1+ drmX * dexp(drmX) as a single fused elementwise
physical operator: elementwiseFunc(f1(f2(drmX)) where f1 = 1 + x and f2 =
exp(x).

  16. More cbind, rbind flavors (e.g. 1 cbind mxX, 1 cbind drmX or the
other way around) for Spark and H2O.

  17. Added +=: and *=: operators on vectors.

  18. Closeable API for broadcast tensors.

  19. Support for conversion of any type-keyed DRM into ordinally-keyed DRM.

  20. Scala logging style.

  21. rowSumsMap() summary for non-int-keyed DRMs.

  22. elementwise power operator ^ .

  23. R-like vector concatenation operator.

  24. In-core functional assignments e.g.: mxA :={ (x) => x * x}.

  25. Straighten out behavior of Matrix.iterator() and iterateNonEmpty().

  26. New mutable transposition view for in-core matrices.  In-core matrix
transpose view. rewrite with mostly two goals in mind: (1) enable
mutability, e.g. for (col <- mxA.t) col := k (2) translate matrix
structural flavor for optimizers correctly. e.g. new SparseRowMatrix.t
carries on as column-major structure.

  27. Native support for kryo serialization of tensor types.

  28. Deprecation of MultiLayerPerceptron, ConcatenateVectorsJob and all
related classes.

  29. Deprecation of SparseColumnMatrix.

  30. Fixes for a major memory usage bug in co-occurrence analysis used by
the driver spark-itemsimilarity. This will now require far less memory in
the executor.

  31. Some minor fixes to Mahout-Samsara QR Decomposition and matrix ops.

  32. Trim down packages size to < 200MB.



Note: Mahout 0.11.0 artifacts seem to be binary compatible with Spark 1.4.



STATS


A total of 48 separate JIRA issues are addressed in this release [2] with 7
bugfixes.



GETTING STARTED


Download the release artifacts and signatures at
http://www.apache.org/dist/mahout/0.11.0/ The examples directory contains
several working examples of the core functionality available in Mahout.
These can be run via scripts in the examples/bin directory. Most examples
do not need a Hadoop cluster in order to run.



FUTURE PLANS


Integration with Apache Flink is in the works in collaboration with TU
Berlin and Data Artisans to add Flink as the 3rd execution engine to
Mahout. This would be in addition to existing Apache Spark and H2O engines.


To see progress on this branch look here:
https://github.com/apache/mahout/commits/master.



KNOWN ISSUES


In the non-source zip or tar, the example data for
mahout/examples/bin/run-item-sim is missing. To run it get the csv files
from Github<
https://github.com/apache/mahout/tree/mahout-0.10.x/examples/src/main/resources
>[4].



CREDITS


As with any release, we wish to thank all of the users and contributors to
Mahout. Please see the CHANGELOG [1] and JIRA Release Notes [2] for
individual credits, as there are too many to list here.



[1] https://github.com/apache/mahout/blob/master/CHANGELOG

[2]
https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/MAHOUT-1757?jql=project%20%3D%20MAHOUT%20AND%20status%20in%20%28Resolved%2C%20closed%29%20AND%20%28fixVersion%20%3D%200.10.1%20OR%20fixVersion%20%3D%200.10.2%20OR%20fixVersion%20%3D%200.11.0%29

[3] http://mahout.apache.org/developers/how-to-contribute.html

[4] https://github.com/apache/mahout/tree/master/examples/src/main/resources

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