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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…

Deep Dive Into Oracle’s Emerging Big Data Stack

Apr 6, 2015 |

Oracle has a lot of turf to protect in the multi-billion-dollar relational database market, where it owns a dominant share of the market. That creates a natural tension when it comes to big data technologies like Hadoop and NoSQL, and while the IT giant isn’t embarking upon a wholesale re-architecting its business plan around these emerging open source technologies, it is on its way toward building a comprehensive big data stack that solves many emerging use cases. Oracle has made Read more…

Peek Inside a Hybrid Cloud for Big Genomics Data

Mar 30, 2015 |

Genomics, or the study of human genes, holds an enormous promise to improve the health of people. However, at 80GB to 250GB per sequenced genome, the sheer size of genomics data poses a considerable storage and processing challenge. To keep costs in check, Inova Translational Medical Institute (ITMI) adopted a hybrid cloud architecture for its ongoing genomics studies. ITMI is a branch of the non-profit Inova hospital network in the Washington D.C. area that received 150 million in funding by Read more…

News In Brief

Elon Musk Donates $7M to Harness AI

Jul 6, 2015 |

Artificial intelligence is emerging as an indispensable tool for big data analytics. Still, some high-profile critics worry about “unintended, even potentially disastrous, consequences” should AI manage to get out of control. Hence, entrepreneur Elon Musk and the Open Philanthropy Project have donated about $7 million to fund a grant program aimed at “keeping AI robust and beneficial” while ensuring the technology “does what we want.” Musk pledged $10 million for AI research after the Future of Life Institute called for Read more…

Consortium Makes Business Case For R Language

Jun 30, 2015 |

As more data scientists and researchers embrace the R programming language and statistical computing environment, the Linux Foundation has moved to strengthen the user community and, with it, the development of more business applications through a collaborative development initiative called the R Consortium. Founding members of the R Consortium include Alteryx, Google, Hewlett-Packard, Mango Solutions, Microsoft, Oracle, RStudio and Tibco Software, the Linux Foundation announced on Tuesday (June 30). Microsoft and RStudio were listed as “platinum” members. The open source Read more…

Ford, HP Analyze Commuting Patterns

Jun 24, 2015 |

American drivers logged a record number of miles in April, Reuters reported this week, citing U.S. government data showing that an increase in road travel over the last year is continuing. The U.S. Federal Highway Administration said Americans logged 267.9 billion miles on U.S. roads in April, the highest monthly total since 1990 and up 3.9 percent from a year earlier. With that as backdrop, Ford Motor Co. and Hewlett-Packard conducted an experiment designed to discern patterns in HP workers’ Read more…

IBM, UK to Collaborate on Big Data

Jun 5, 2015 |

The British government and partner IBM are investing £300 million (more than $456 million) to promote big data and cognitive computing research aimed at helping U.K. businesses engage with customers and suppliers. Among IBM’s contributions to the big data project announced this week is a package of technology and “onsite expertise” valued at £200 million, including access to its Watson cognitive computing platform and at least 24 IBM researchers. They will work with U.K. big data scientists. The British government Read more…

Data Rx for Healthcare: Security, Real-Time Analytics

May 27, 2015 |

Life sciences and the health care sectors have been steadily embracing big data analytics as an engine of innovation and a means of reducing costs by, among other things, intelligently allocating resources where they will do the most public good. While there is plenty of upside to applying data analytics to life sciences and healthcare, a new study identifies several key challenges, including data governance, harnessing real-time analytics and the need for an overarching big data analytics strategy. “As big 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…