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GPU-Powered Deep Learning Emerges to Carry Big Data Torch Forward

Apr 13, 2016 |

The big data analytic ecosystem has matured over the last few years to the point where techniques such as machine learning don’t seem as exotic as they once were. In fact, consumers have even come to expect their products and services to be adaptive to their behavior, which is one of the hallmarks of machine learning. As we look to the future, the field of deep learning on GPUs is poised to carry the big data analytics torch forward into Read more…

Inside the Panama Papers: How Cloud Analytics Made It All Possible

Apr 7, 2016 |

In late 2014, an anonymous person offered to send a German journalist 11.5 million encrypted documents detailing the structure of offshore business entities created and managed by a Panamanian law firm in the world’s most notorious tax havens. The massive data set was simply too big for one reporter to comprehend. But thanks to the power of big data analytics running in the cloud, a large team of journalists started piecing it together. This is the story of how the Read more…

For Data Scientists, What’s in a Name Really Matters

Mar 29, 2016 |

Shakespeare once pondered the nature of names, pointing out that “a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” For data scientists, the meaning behind the title is not just an epistemological exercise, but a practical problem that has consequences upon that delicate dance between employer and employee. The data scientist shortage is having all kinds of impacts on how organizations approach big data projects. As we explored in the previous story in this series, the shortage is leading many Read more…

Tracking the Data Science Talent Gap

Mar 25, 2016 |

If your company is looking to hire data scientist right now, good luck. Five years after Harvard Business Review first shone the spotlight on the data scientist shortage, the gap between data science supply and demand remains substantial. In fact, the gap may be getting bigger. How big is the data science skills gap? There are several ways to attack that problem, and a number of smart people at renowned organizations have attempted to put numbers to the problem. Back Read more…

Unleashing Artificial Intelligence with Human-Assisted Machine Learning

Mar 17, 2016 |

Artificial intelligence has never been as pervasive as it is today. From Google’s self-driving cars from to Hilton’s new Watson-powered hotel concierge, we are witnessing an explosion of AI capabilities. But while it may appear that machines are taking over, they are still tied to their human masters for one very important task: training. “We’re in the middle of the ‘Big Bang’ moment of AI,” NVIDIA‘s Senior Product Manager Will Ramey says in the AISummit’s new ebook on the topic. Read more…

News In Brief

Exascale Storage Targets Big Data Archives

Apr 21, 2016 |

With exascale computing comes the requirement for exascale storage. Such a storage platform has emerged in the form of what is touted as the largest capacity tape storage library aimed initially at media and entertainment companies but also targeting HPC applications. Spectra Logic of Boulder, Colo., unveiled its exascale tape storage system at this week’s National Association of Broadcasters annual trade show—hence, the media emphasis. However, Spectra Logic has previously worked with NASA’s Advanced Supercomputing Division at its Ames Research Read more…

Matchmaker Vets Data Scientists as Talent Gap Widens

Apr 6, 2016 |

A company that creates standards for evaluating data skills has launched a matchmaking service connecting qualified data scientists with potential employers. Addressing the growing shortage of data scientists at a time when tool vendors are striving to make analytics tools easier to use, matchmaker Correlation One said its new vetting service is based on its proprietary suite of tests. The company provides a “report card” to prospective employers to help them evaluate potential candidates. The service seeks to take advantage Read more…

R Consortium Expands Code to Meet Data Demand

Mar 28, 2016 |

An industry group promoting expanded use of the R programming language for data analysis, modeling and visualization is launching a series of initiatives designed to identify infrastructure projects that would forge standards and best practices for R code. The Linux Foundation’s R Consortium said last week it would fund seven R community projects and form two technical working groups to implement infrastructure projects while also promoting best practices. The initiatives respond to the growing popularity of R code that is Read more…

Tracking Bookworms With ‘Reader Analytics’

Mar 16, 2016 |

The advent of the electronic book has given some publishers a new data stream as they attempt to divine reader preferences. Indeed, the emerging field of “reader analytics” is being used to gauge “engagement” as publishers try to figure out which books actually get read from cover to cover. Major e-book retailers like Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN), Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) and Google (NASDAQ: GOOG, GOOGL) along with Barnes & Noble (NYSE: BKS) collect encyclopedias of reader data on their platforms. Thus far, Read more…

Microsoft Releases Deep Learning Toolkit

Jan 25, 2016 |

Microsoft has released to the open source community a set of internal GPU-powered tools designed to boost the performance of artificial intelligence technology used for computer speech recognition. In a blog post, Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) announced Monday (Jan. 25) it is releasing its Computational Network Toolkit on Github. Company researchers said they undertook the project out of necessity: Current tools used to improve how computers understand human speech were slowing progress. A group of Microsoft volunteers “set out to solve Read more…

This Just In

MapR Now Offering Stream Processing Training Via MapR Academy’s On-Demand Training Program

Apr 26, 2016 |

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., April 26 — MapR Technologies, Inc., provider of the industry’s only Converged Data Platform, today announced at Kafka Summit 2016 it is now offering stream processing training via MapR Academy’s free On-Demand Training program. The new training enables Apache Kafka developers to extend their real-time analytics and Internet of Things (IoT) applications. Developers can also benefit with MapR Streams that provides Kafka-compatibility, integrated security and multi-data center support as an integrated component of the MapR Converged Data Platform. “Companies interested in Apache Kafka Read more…

Arizona State University Adopts Hortonworks Data Platform

Apr 25, 2016 |

SANTA CLARA, Calif., April 25 — Hortonworks, Inc. (NASDAQ: HDP), a leading innovator of open and connected data platforms, today announced that Arizona State University (ASU) is using Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP) to further cancer research. With HDP, ASU researchers have the tools they need to store, process, and query more data at a faster pace, allowing researchers to ask better questions and uncover new links between genetics and cancer. ASU, the largest public university by enrollment in the United States, has put an emphasis on innovative approaches Read more…

IBM and USC Collaborate to Develop New Solutions for Predictive Analytics

Apr 15, 2016 |

COLUMBIA, S.C., April 15 — The University of South Carolina and IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced a broadening of their collaboration, applying cognitive capabilities and the Internet of Things (IoT) to develop new solutions for predictive analytics and maintenance. On Thursday the two organizations are hosting the grand opening of the $25 million Center for Applied Innovation, where university, IBM and private sector researchers—including Fluor Corporation—will use the technology for a host of real-world applications. The initial projects include developing ways to enhance and personalize tools in higher education, Read more…

SAP Announces Collaboration With White House’s “Computer Science for All” Initiative

Apr 13, 2016 |

WASHINGTON, D.C., April 13 — SAP SE (NYSE: SAP) today announced its support and collaboration in the White House’s “Computer Science for All” initiative, committed to helping America’s young people develop the technology and business skills they need to succeed in the digital economy. The Computer Science for All initiative is aimed at students at levels K–12. This year’s participants, including SAP, were announced in a press release today from the White House, which hosted the sixth and final White House Science Fair of President Read more…

Purdue Offers Course on Big Data to Biomedical Researchers

Apr 8, 2016 |

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind., April 8 — A new short course in how to use big data led by Purdue University experts is available to biomedical scientists in the Midwest. The two-week workshop “Big Data Training for Translational Omics Research,” is offered July 11-22 on Purdue’s West Lafayette campus. Tuition, housing and meals are provided for participants, and travel grants are also available. Applications to participate may be completed online at http://www.stat.purdue.edu/bigtap/. The workshop is open to faculty, postdoctoral researchers and Read more…