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Build or Buy? That’s the Big (Data) Question

Apr 8, 2015 |

“You can learn a lot from my failures, maybe,” says Ron Van Holst, an HPC director at Ontario Centres of Excellence. With decades of experience designing and building high-end telecommunications gear and HPC systems, Van Holst has a better grasp on the tradeoffs you’ll make when you choose to build or buy your next big data system. Van Holst was into a little bit of everything when was building telecommunications gear in the 1990s. From the programming languages and the Read more…

Deep Gooses MySQL Performance with New Database Math

Apr 7, 2015 |

Deep Information Sciences today unveiled a new storage engine for MySQL that it claims will blow any other database engine out of the water in performance and scalability. The secret to creating a 1 trillion row database or ingesting data at the heady rate of 60 million rows per minute, they say, is the total elimination of 1970s-style math from the stack. Despite the recent proliferation of new database management systems, such NoSQL and NewSQL databases, most databases today use 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…

Three Ways Open Data Could Make California Golden

Mar 26, 2015 |

While California is widely regarded as the high-technology hub of the world, the state lacks a cohesive open data policy. Last week, a non-profit think tank in the Golden State released a report detailing why the state government should adopt an open data policy. According to the Milken Institute‘s “Open Data in California,” the state has the potential to unleash powerful economic forces if it follows the lead set by the Federal Government and 10 other states that have implemented Read more…

Leverage Big Data 2015 Yields Insightful Gems

Mar 20, 2015 |

Some of the brightest minds in the big data and HPC communities took the stage this week at Tabor Communications’ second annual Leverage Big Data conference, which took place at the beautiful Ponte Vedra Resort in Florida. From the impact of Hadoop to the cutting edge of FPGA research, attendees shared their big data lessons. Big data is everywhere, said Molly Rector, CMO for DDN, who delivered a keynote Monday night. You may not know it, but whenever you use Read more…

News In Brief

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…

Financial Data Provider Adopts FirstRain Analytics

Apr 9, 2015 |

An unstructured data analytics specialist and a financial information provider are expanding their partnership to leverage social media and other web content to create advanced financial data visualizations for business users. Data analytics vendor FirstRain and financial information provider Mergent Inc. said they the will try to take the “noise” out of business intelligence by combining unstructured data analytics with Mergent’s financial information platform. FirstRain, San Mateo, Calif., said Thursday (April 9) the expanded partnership would provide Mergent with its Read more…

Can’t Ignore the Big Data Revolution

Mar 19, 2015 |

A new book titled Big Data Revolution documents the ever-widening impact that big data is having across the business world. “Data is the new intellectual property,” the authors write. “It can be harnessed for advantage or ignored at peril.” In Big Data Revolution: What farmers, doctors and insurance agents teach us about discovering big data patterns, authors Rob Thomas and Patrick McSharry–an IBM vice president and a senior research fellow at the University of Oxford–guide the reader through analyses of 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…

This Just In

UConn Health Choses Qumulo Core for HPC Infrastructure

Apr 22, 2015 |

BOSTON, Mass., April 22 — Qumulo, pioneer of the world’s first data-aware scale-out NAS, today announced that UConn Health has chosen Qumulo Core for high-performance computing infrastructure to support life sciences research. Qumulo also announced its presence at the Bio-IT World Conference and Expo, taking place April 21-23 in Boston. The company is exhibiting and demonstrating its Qumulo Core software at booth number #132. In addition, Peter Godman, co-founder and CEO of Qumulo, will present and chair a track on IT infrastructure in life sciences on Thursday, April 23, Read more…

State Street, Berkeley and Stanford Form Consortium for Data Analytics

Apr 16, 2015 |

BERKELEY, Calif., April 16 — The University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley) and State Street Global Exchange today announced a collaboration to establish the Consortium for Data Analytics in Risk (CDAR), a new research center focused on applying advanced data-science techniques to manage and mitigate economic and financial risk. The announcement comes as State Street opens GX Lab, its new presence in Silicon Valley focused on partnering with local talent, industry leaders, and academic institutions to create solutions for its clients Read more…

UMass Amherst Launches Center for Data Science

Apr 10, 2015 |

AMHERST, Mass., April 10 — The University of Massachusetts Amherst today launched a new Center for Data Science that will coordinate and significantly expand its capacity for research, education and industry collaboration in support of the exploding demand for acquisition and analysis of “big data.” The launch was announced at a symposium that featured an array of business leaders from organizations including Google, Amazon, Yahoo, Thomson Reuters, MassMutual, Pratt and Whitney and the New England Venture Capital Association. James Kurose, head Read more…

SDSC to Hold Graph Analytics “Boot Camp”

Apr 2, 2015 |

April 2 — The San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) will begin addressing a rapidly emerging area of interest in data science by holding its first Graph Analytics “boot camp” on Thursday, April 23rd, at its location on the UC San Diego campus in La Jolla, California. The recent explosion of interest in analyzing and mining “Big Data” across almost all sectors of science and industry has data scientists looking for new ways to model data so as to accurately represent Read more…

American Institutes for Research Helps Bring Big Data Competition to D.C.

Apr 2, 2015 |

WASHINGTON, D.C., April 2 — DataFest, an annual competition in which undergraduates work in teams to find new and innovative ways of interpreting a complex data set, will be hosted in Washington, D.C. for the first time with help from the American Institutes for Research (AIR). Experts with AIR will serve in various roles, including as speakers, advisers and organizers. DC DataFest will run April 10-12. “D.C. is resilient, nimble and innovative—a great match for DataFest,” said Celeste Stone, the deputy Read more…