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How NVIDIA Is Unlocking the Potential of GPU-Powered Deep Learning

Aug 20, 2015 |

Companies across nearly all industries are exploring how to use GPU-powered deep learning to extract insights from big data. From self-driving cars and voice-directed phones to disease-detecting mirrors and high-speed securities trading, the potential use cases for the technology are large and expanding by the day. Ever since computer scientist Geoff Hinton decided to try training a neural network on a GPU and did much to help popularize the field of deep neural networks several years back, researchers have been Read more…

Understanding Trumps Insight

Jul 23, 2015 |

“What have you done for me lately?” That’s the question many companies are asking of big data, which stands accused of being nothing more than a fad. For many, advanced analytics is still just that – too advanced. Data is difficult to access, blend and understand, and the market is over-saturated with advanced analytics tools. So what’s the solution? A combination of machine intelligence and visualization. We’re all familiar with business intelligence (BI) software. It’s great at presenting trends in Read more…

Peering Into Computing’s Exascale Future with the IEEE

May 6, 2015 |

Computer scientists worried about the end of computing as we know it have been banging heads for several years looking for ways to return to the historical exponential scaling of computer performance. What is needed, say the proponents of an initiative called “Rebooting Computing,” is nothing less than a radical rethinking of how computers are designed in order to achieve the trifecta of greater performance, lower power consumption and “baking security in from the start.” Thomas Conte, the Georgia Tech Read more…

Saving Children’s Lives with Big Genomics Data

Apr 16, 2015 |

It’s estimated than one in 30 children is afflicted by one of 8,000 or so genetic diseases that we have discovered. Thanks to progress in the world of genomic testing—including faster genomic sequencers and better algorithms for making more accurate diagnoses—doctors are making progress in identifying genetic diseases and getting children the treatment they need. While the medical community has been studying genetic diseases for decades, its ability to correctly diagnose genetic diseases and prescribe a suitable course of treatment Read more…

From Spiders to Elephants: The History of Hadoop

Apr 15, 2015 |

Have you ever wonder where this thing called Hadoop came from, or even why it’s here? Marko Bonaci has wondered such things, too. In fact, he wondered about them so much that he decided to write a History of Hadoop chapter for his upcoming book, “Spark in Action.” Bonaci’s History of Hadoop starts humbly enough in 1997, when Doug Cutting sat down to write the first edition of the Lucene search engine. In 2000, Cutting placed Lucene into the open Read more…

News In Brief

As Economy Tanks, Calls For More Big Data

Aug 26, 2015 |

Some practitioners of the “dismal science” are dismayed by what they contend is flawed, outdated and incomplete data used by the U.S. Federal Reserve to make its economic forecasts. As global stock markets gyrate in response to the economic slowdown in China, these economists argue that the Fed should be making greater use of readily available real-time economic data. Among these sources is a Massachusetts Institute of Technology initiative dubbed the “Billion Prices Project” that measures inflation using real-time data Read more…

Spectra Taps ‘Shingled’ Drives to Store Big Archives

Aug 17, 2015 |

Spectra Logic today unveiled a new NAS archive appliance built with spinning disks featuring Shingled Magnetic Recording (SMR) technology. The increased storage density enabled by SMR lets the new Spectra Verde DPE (Digital Preservation Enterprise) appliance store petabytes worth of unstructured data at very low cost. Spectra is one of a number of storage devices manufacturers (including Seagate) using SMR technologies to help it overcome storage density limits of existing disk drives. The heads of traditional disk drives use perpendicular Read more…

Huge Radio Telescope Gets New Database

Aug 10, 2015 |

The world’s largest radio telescope, the Square Kilometer Array (SKA), will be getting a data storage and analytics upgrade thanks to a grant from the organization that operates the telescope and partner (AWS). The Dutch database technology company MonetDB Solutions said Monday (Aug. 10) it would use the grant to develop new storage and analytics techniques for SKA along with partner Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI), the Dutch research institute for mathematics and computer science. MonetDB Solutions is a spin-off Read more…

World Economic Forum Eyes Next Google

Aug 5, 2015 |

Big data technology earned a ringing endorsement this week from the World Economic Forum, which identified machine intelligence and other big data technologies as innovative business tools. The Geneva-based forum released a list of “technology pioneers” on Wednesday (Aug. 5) that includes a handful of big data companies in its “information technology” innovation category. Could one the big data innovators emerge as the next Google, which was cited by the forum more than a decade ago? Among them are Ayasdi, Read more…

Health Alliance Looks to Leverage, Secure Patient Data

Aug 3, 2015 |

The health care IT sector is attracting major players as companies chasing lucrative government contracts form partnerships that combine big data technologies to improve public health while harnessing advances in genomic research and securing patient medical information. In the latest example, military contracting giant Lockheed Martin has formed a Healthcare Technology Alliance that would among other things leverage big data analytics while at the same time securing patient medical information. Lockheed Martin has been steadily shifting to new IT markets Read more…

This Just In

NGDATA Lab Launched

Jun 24, 2015 |

NEW YORK, N.Y., June 24 — NGDATA, the customer experience management solutions company, today announced the launch of NGDATA Lab, a research-driven initiative that will advance industry-wide knowledge and best practices for progressing big data technology, uncover strategies for data governance and improve the customer experience. NGDATA and its research partners – customers, research institutions and big data technology leaders – will come together to further industry-wide knowledge and capabilities around these three research domains. NGDATA Lab will publish results and best Read more…

Researchers Use IBM Big Data Offering to Manage Trove of Climate Data

May 8, 2015 |

ARMONK, N.Y. and HAMBURG, Germany, May 8 — The German Climate Computing Center is using technology and services from IBM to manage the world’s largest climate simulation data archive, used by leading climate researchers worldwide. The archive currently consists of more than 40 petabytes of data and is projected to grow by roughly 75 petabytes annually over the next five years. For comparison, a petabyte of data is equal to roughly 210,000 DVDs. As climate simulations are carried out on Read more…

SQream Launches Big Data Analytics Database Tailored for Genome Researchers

Apr 21, 2015 |

BOSTON, Mass., April 21 — SQream Technologies, provider of the world’s fastest big data analytics database, today announced the release of GenomeStack, its latest innovative platform developed specifically for genome research. The release of GenomeStack follows last year’s general availability of SQream DB, the company’s flagship solution that introduced a high-speed GPU-based (Graphic Processing Unit) columnar SQL database to uniquely address the speed, scalability and efficiency hurdles that face big data analytics. Replaces Manual Process and Allows First-Ever Simultaneous Sample Querying SQream’s GenomeStack Read more…

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…