|Alma mater||UC Berkeley (Ph.D.) |
University of Waterloo (BMath)
|Known for||Apache Spark|
|Institutions||UC Berkeley |
|Thesis||An Architecture for Fast and General Data Processing on Large Clusters (2013)|
|Doctoral advisor||Ion Stoica |
Zaharia graduated from secondary school at Jarvis Collegiate Institute before moving to become an undergraduate at the University of Waterloo. Zaharia was a gold medalist at the International Collegiate Programming Contest, where his team University of Waterloo placed fourth in the world and first in North America in 2005. During his undergraduate degree at the University of Waterloo, he also greatly contributed to water rendering physics in the now open-source game called 0 A.D. While at University of California, Berkeley's AMPLab in 2009, he created Apache Spark as a faster alternative to MapReduce. He received the 2014 ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award for his PhD research on large-scale computing.
In 2019, Zaharia received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers.
In 2023, he joined the faculty of the University of California, Berkeley as an associate professor.
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