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Course Catalog » Data Analysis, Analytics, and Machine Learning Curriculum

Machine Learning and Spark

4 hours



This course is designed for those working with organizations looking to implement Machine Learning solutions. It is also of benefit for those looking to implement Spark on z/OS. It begins by explaining what Machine Learning is, how it works, and how organizations can benefit from it. The course then focuses on IBM's Machine Learning for z/OS solution, describing its features and components. In the final course, a description of Apache Spark and how it is used in a Machine Learning solution on a z/OS system, is presented.


The initial module is suitable for anyone requiring a basic understanding of Machine Learning, while later modules are aimed more at application developers, data/business analysts, and information architects, working in a z/OS environment.


There is no prerequisite for the initial module. A general understanding of the z/OS environment is required for those undertaking the other modules.


After completing this course, the student should be able to describe:

  • How a machine learning solution works
  • The components that comprise IBM's Machine Learning on z/OS solution
  • The purpose of Spark on z/OS, and how it is processes data

Course Content

Introducing Machine Learning

Problems Solved by Machine Learning

Machine Learning Applications

Platforms Supporting Machine Learning

The Machine Learning Process


Supervised and Unsupervised Learning

Reinforcement Learning


Machine Learning on z/OS

Types of Data that can be Accessed by a Machine Learning Solution on z/OS

IBM Machine Learning for z/OS Web User Interface

Visual Model Builder

Notebooks Editor

Brunel Visualization Tool

Cognitive Assistant for Data Scientists (CADS)

Supported Algorithms

Components that Comprise IBM Machine Learning for z/OS

Introducing Spark on z/OS

Introduction to Apache Spark

Traditional Spark Features

How Spark on z/OS Accesses z/OS Data

Other Data Spark on z/OS Can Access

Spark on z/OS Features

Standalone Deployment

Client and Cluster Deploy Modes

Spark Processing on z/OS

Data Service Studio

Machine Learning and Spark Mastery Test

Course Catalog » Data Analysis, Analytics, and Machine Learning Curriculum
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