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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

NOAA Launches Big Data Project

May 6, 2015 |

A big data project launched by the U.S. Commerce Department brings together major cloud analytics vendors and the Open Cloud Consortium to develop infrastructure needed to access the more than 20 terabytes of satellite weather data generated each day. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), a Commerce Department agency, currently manages the daily torrent of observational data collected by weather satellites and other ocean- and land-based sensors. Last month, NOAA and Commerce officials announced a research agreement with cloud Read more…

Grad Schools Move to Fill Data Skills Gap

Apr 24, 2015 |

Graduate programs in data science are popping up across the country—some of them offered online—while some universities are elevating the status of their data science programs within computer science programs and backing these efforts with major investments. Earlier this month, the University of Massachusetts launched at Amherst launched its Center for Data Science that will begin offering a master’s degree next year. The school has raised $100 million to hire 40 new faculty members over the next decade, doubling its Read more…

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…

This Just In

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…

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…