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Three Ways Big Data and HPC Are Converging

Jan 27, 2015 |

Big data is becoming much more than just widespread distribution of cheap storage and cheap computation on commodity hardware.  Big data analytics may soon become the new “killer app” for high performance computing (HPC). There is more to big data than large amounts of information.  It also pertains to massive distributed activities such as complex queries and computations (a.k.a analytics).  In other words, deriving value through computation is just as “big” as the size of the data sets themselves.  In Read more…

Graph Analytics Poised to Solve Tough Big Data Problems

Nov 3, 2014 |

Hadoop has emerged as the go-to platform for sifting through massive amounts of data on commodity machines. But when it comes to certain types of analytic workloads with open-ended problems, nothing beats a graph database, which may or may not run on Hadoop. The product category is maturing quickly and well positioned to make major inroads in the field of analytics over the next few years. There’s no denying that graphs are hot. “Graph analysis,” analyst firm Gartner says, “is Read more…

What You May Have Missed at Strata + Hadoop World 2014

Oct 21, 2014 |

Talk about information overload. If you were one of the lucky 5,000 to attend the Strata + Hadoop World conference last week, then you were subject to a marathon session of big data keynotes delivered continually for the better part of two days. It’s understandable that you missed out on some of the big data news announced at the show, including Cray’s new Hadoop appliance, or the latest tools from Revolution Analytics and Tableau. Don’t worry: We’ll get you back Read more…

How a Facebook-Like Graph Powers Drug Discovery

Sep 29, 2014 |

Researchers have long sought to identify the key proteins involved in the development of diseases like cancer. However, the time and effort required to check each combination of proteins can be daunting. But thanks to the advent of graph analytics, researchers can now build models of protein networks, thereby enabling mass parallelization of the protein problem and powering a more efficient drug discovery process. One of the companies employing advanced graph analytics in drug discovery is e-Therapeutics, a British biotech Read more…

Big Data Challenges in Social Sciences & Humanities Research

Sep 8, 2014 |

One commonly mentioned benefit of the study of history is that we may gain insight into the thoughts and behavior of our ancestors. Learning where we came from can help us better prepare for where we are going. At the launch of this age of Big Data, we are only now well positioned to accomplish that ambition. Armed with Big Data Analytics, we can improve the well-being of ourselves and our offspring, particularly in Social Sciences & Humanities Research. In Read more…

News In Brief

U.S. Names First Chief Data Scientist

Feb 24, 2015 |

An industry veteran and college math professor who is partially credited with coining the title “data scientist” has been named the nation’s first chief data scientist. The White House announced the appointment of DJ Patil to the new post last week. Patil also will serve as the Obama administration’s deputy chief technology officer for data policy, the White House said. Patil most recently served as a vice president at RelateIQ, a customer relationship management specialist acquired by Salesforce in July Read more…

Watson’s Take on the State of the Union

Jan 29, 2015 |

Every year, as the State of the Union address comes to a close, analysts, political correspondents and politicians alike come forward to offer unique take on the president’s speech. This year, however, one new voice is chiming in: that of IBM’s Watson. Using a recording of President Obama’s address, MSNBC tapped the IBM Watson User Modeling service (one of IBM’s Watson Developer Cloud services) to take a deeper look at the language, tone, and topics covered to compare its outlook Read more…

Data Companies Work With Citizen Scientists on Climate

Dec 11, 2014 |

Storage vendor EMC Corp. is joining forces with big data and cloud specialist Pivotal and the EarthWatch Institute in an effort to apply analytical tools to the study the impact of climate change. The partners along with Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park will study the interactions between nature and climate as part of a broader effort to promote citizen science using big data lakes, analytical tools and visualizations, the partners said. The “Big Data vs. Climate Change” initiative was Read more…

Mayo Clinic Eyes Data to Improve Health Care

Dec 10, 2014 |

Optum Labs, a health services and technology venture formed by the Mayo Clinic along with one of the nation’s largest health care insurers, is analyzing patient data to identify the best treatments, understand variations in health care and determine the effectiveness of patient care. The collaboration with the Mayo Clinic’s Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery will scour the records of about 149 million patients covered by insurance giant UnitedHealth Group in an attempt improve patient care Read more…

Gumshoes, Too, Are Drowning in Data

Dec 5, 2014 |

Private eyes, that is, the gumshoe variety stereotypically clad in trench coats and a fedora, are experiencing their own unique set of problems adapting to the Era of Big Data and what the “private investigation industry” (who know there was one?) considers overly restrictive privacy laws. It’s an example of having a bad time dealing with a good problem: Too much hidden data buried in public records is making it harder to find clues needed to crack a case, collect Read more…

This Just In

Slingshot Power Utilizing Actian Analytics Platform

Oct 16, 2014 |

NEW YORK, N.Y., Oct. 16 — Energy independence takes a big step forward with the Actian Analytics Platform providing insights to drive the most optimal decisions for creating market intelligence for clean energy adoption. Actian Corporation (“Actian”), the first company to deliver an end-to-end big data analytics platform running natively in Hadoop, announced that clean energy provider Slingshot Power is using the Actian Analytics Platform – Hadoop SQL Edition to more accurately target customer segments, optimize system performance, tailor recommendations, and predict the ideal pathway for every Read more…

Revolution Analytics Introduces Revolution R Open and Plus

Oct 15, 2014 |

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. and NEW YORK, N.Y., Oct. 15 — Revolution Analytics, the only commercial provider of open source R software, today announced two new offerings that support the open source R community and elevate R’s capabilities to enterprise-level performance. Revolution R Open is a free, open source R distribution that enhances R performance, makes it easier to share R scripts and improves collaboration on R-based advanced analytics applications. Revolution R Plus is the only subscription-based technical support service for open source R, Read more…

Auckland to Utilize HP Software for Big Data Project

Sep 30, 2014 |

PALO ALTO, Calif., Sept. 30 — HP today announced that the city of Auckland, New Zealand has selected HP Software to deliver a visionary Big Data project designed to provide a safer community and more efficient roadways for its citizens. Auckland Transport, Auckland’s government agency responsible for all of its transportation infrastructure and services, will deploy video analytics powered by HP IDOL on servers and storage from HP Enterprise Group, and with support from HP Software Professional Services. “The safety and well-being of our citizens Read more…

Registration Now Open for Rock Stars of Big Data Analytics Conference

Sep 30, 2014 |

LOS ALAMITOS, Calif., Sept. 30 — Registration is underway for Rock Stars of Data Analytics on October 21 in San Jose, California, where well-known data analytics authorities will explore all aspects of analytics, including building a data-driven culture, launching data platforms, and ensuring privacy. Industries and organizations from healthcare and finance to technology and government are currently struggling to stay afloat in a rising tide of data. But the bigger struggle emerging is the need to analyze and leverage all that data in order to move into the future Read more…

IBM Donates PureData for Analytics System to UF

Sep 25, 2014 |

GAINESVILLE, Fla., Sept. 25 — Imagine a day when your toothbrush can record every brushstroke you make and transmit that data to your dentist, who can use it at your next checkup to help you improve your brushing technique to prevent the onset of tooth decay. That scenario is in the realm of possibility for researchers who work in the field of “big data,” a term for the collection of data sets so large and complex that they become difficult Read more…