To get the most out of the book the reader is expected to have a good understanding of the Linux or other similar operating systems.
The authors have kept their diagrams simple (and kind of unpolished) but yet they are informative and easy to glean information from. An example diagram from the book shown below illustrates the stack that the book covers. If you use the stack shown below either partially or fully spending a couple of hours on the e-book is recommended.
Book Reviewed - Performance and Capacity Implications for Big Data By Jewell Dave, Ricardo Dobelin Barros, Stefan Diederichs, Lydia M. Duijvestijn, Michael Hammersley, Corneliu Holban, Yan Li, Osai Osaigbovo, Andreas Plach, Ivan Portilla, Mukerji Saptarshi, Harinder P. Seera, Elisabeth Stahl, Clea Zolotow, IBM Redbooks