I am a software developer at SearchWorkings and contributor to the Apache Mahout & Apache Whirr projects. One of my initial goals with my involvements with these projects was to help and make Mahout more accessible for both developers and system integrators. As part of this work I’ve developed the Mahout Whirr service which dramatically simplifies the deployment of Mahout on large clusters and cloud environments. I’ve also started an initiative for wrapping the different Mahout jobs with more developer friendly APIs. More recently I’ve been focusing my work on building tighter integration between Lucene and Mahout.