We are happy to announce the availability of Spark 1.1.0! Spark 1.1.0 is the second release on the API-compatible 1.X line. It is Spark’s largest release ever, with contributions from 171 developers!
This release brings operational and performance improvements in Spark core including a new implementation of the Spark shuffle designed for very large scale workloads. Spark 1.1 adds significant extensions to the newest Spark modules, MLlib and Spark SQL. Spark SQL introduces a JDBC server, byte code generation for fast expression evaluation, a public types API, JSON support, and other features and optimizations. MLlib introduces a new statistics library along with several new algorithms and optimizations. Spark 1.1 also builds out Spark’s Python support and adds new components to the Spark Streaming module.