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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…

IBM Watson Learns Deeply, So You Don’t Have To

Jul 9, 2015 |

Advances in the field of cognitive computing are stacking up as researchers push the bounds of deep learning and related techniques like neural networks. But organizations won’t have to wait years for these advances to bubble up from academia thanks the work that groups like IBM Watson are doing to put the technology into people’s hands as quickly as possible. After Watson won on Jeopardy! in 2011, IBM doubled down on the technology in 2014 and formed the Watson Group. Read more…

Why Apple Isn’t Biting on ‘Data for Discounts’ Model

Jul 7, 2015 |

Apple is the most valuable company in the history of the world, with millions of loyal customers using its devices and software to communicate and connect to the Internet. Despite being in prime situation to mine its customer’s data for even bigger profits, Apple steadfastly refuses to partake of the “data for discounts” model, raising the inevitable question: Why? The big data business model was popularized by Silicon Valley firms like Google, Yahoo, and Facebook, which figured out they could Read more…

One on One with LinkedIn’s VP of Engineering

Jun 29, 2015 |

Why are data scientists tripping over themselves to get their hands on LinkedIn’s data? What’s it like to run one of the world’s biggest social media sites, and how can machine learning algorithms contribute to the creation of economic opportunity for a global workforce? We recently posed those questions (and more!) to Igor Perisic, Vice President of Engineering at LinkedIn. Alex Woodie: Igor, thank you for agreeing to this interview. First, please tell us about yourself and your role at Read more…

So You Want To Be a Data Scientist: A Guide for College Grads

Jun 4, 2015 |

Congratulations, recent college graduate, and welcome to the workforce! Of all the jobs that you’ll apply for, the one with the sexy title “data scientist” may be the toughest to get–and potentially the most rewarding too. But never fear: Datanami is here with advice from actual data scientists on how to become one of them. The first piece of advice for budding data scientists is not to get frustrated by the job requirements. No recent college grad can fill is 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…

EU Project Looks to Scale Earth Data

Jul 21, 2015 |

Planet Earth is the ultimate source of big data, from weather to natural resources to the activities of the 7 billion or so human beings wondering about the surface of our precious blue home. A European Union big data project called EarthServer was launched in 2011 to establish a standards-based analytics framework for Earth science, or geospatial, data. The goal was to apply an integrated query language to crunch geospatial data, with data volumes scaling to exabyte levels. During the Read more…

Univa Gives ‘Pause’ to Big Data Apps

Jul 14, 2015 |

Scheduling workloads on today’s big analytic clusters can be a big challenge. Your team may have carefully everything lined up, only to have a last-minute change leave your schedule in shambles. One company that’s close to a solution is Univa, which today announced the addition of its “preemption” feature that allows admins to momentarily “pause” workloads so they can run a higher priority application. Historically, admins were loathe to stop HPC or big data jobs before they ended, because it could Read more…

This Just In

UC Irvine Extension Announces New Big Data Specialized Studies Program

Aug 26, 2015 |

IRVINE, Calif., Aug. 26 — Successful businesses have become increasingly reliant on rapidly expanding amounts of data to remain competitive. With the increasing number of businesses in the workforce requiring employees to understand and harness to value of big data, the University of California, Irvine Extension announced today a new Big Data Specialized Studies Program. The fully online program provides individuals with the background needed to effectively collect and manage extremely large amounts of information, perform data-driven discovery and prediction, and extract value and competitive intelligence Read more…

SDSC Researcher Awarded $1.4 Million NIH Structural Bioinformatics Grant

Aug 17, 2015 |

Aug. 17 — A bioinformatics researcher at the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California, San Diego, has been awarded a three-year National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant worth almost $1.4 million to make biological structures more widely available to scientists, educators, and students. The NIH award, as part of the agency’s Targeted Software Development Awards and its Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) initiative launched in 2012, was granted to Peter Rose, Site Head of the RCSB Protein Data Read more…

SDSC Names Ilkay Altintas Chief Data Science Officer

Aug 14, 2015 |

Aug. 14 — Ilkay Altintas has been appointed Chief Data Science Officer of the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California, San Diego, effective immediately. Altintas, who joined SDSC in 2001, will lead the strategic coordination of all computational data science activities at SDSC while overseeing application-based solutions and their related technologies. Altintas was also named head of SDSC’s Cyberinfrastructure Research, Education, and Development division, better known as CI-RED. CI-RED encompasses some 85 researchers at SDSC involved Read more…

Accenture and Duke University Collaborate on Analytics Research

Aug 13, 2015 |

NEW YORK, N.Y. and DURHAM, N.C., Aug. 13 — Accenture and Duke University have formed an alliance focused on jointly developing new advanced analytics solutions to address real-world, client-specific business challenges. The Accenture and Duke University Analytics Research Program, which will have an initial focus on health management research, aims to bring together data, modeling and analysis to achieve sustainable business and patient outcomes. The relationship combines Accenture’s industry and analytics expertise with Duke University’s leading interdisciplinary research capabilities. It leverages Read more…

Databricks Announces Academic Partners Program

Aug 11, 2015 |

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., Aug. 11 — Databricks, the company founded by the creators of Apache Spark, today announced the launch of the Databricks Academic Partners Program to provide academics and researchers with free access to the company’s cloud-based platform. The program will offer professors and students a hands-on experience when creating Spark applications while providing academic researchers with tools to accelerate research processes. By leveraging Amazon’s AWS in Education grants program, academics can also apply for grants to cover their AWS Read more…