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In 2004, Google published a white paper describing its programming models, MapReduce and the Google File System, for handling big data sets. Impressed by what he had read, open-source software developer Doug Cutting soon began work on an open-source distributed computing platform that includes implementations of MapReduce, called Hadoop — named after his four-year-old son's stuffed elephant.

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