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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…

Five Ways Big Genomic Data Is Making Us Healthier

Jun 3, 2015 |

We’ve come a long ways since the human genome was first decoded 13 years ago. Thanks to continued advances in high performance computing and distributed data analytics, doctors and computer scientists are finding innovative new ways to use genetic data to improve our health. The economics of genetic testing is creating a flood of genomic data. The Human Genome Project took over a decade and cost $3 billion, but today whole-genome tests from Illumina can now be had in a Read more…

Beyond Social: How Text Analytics Can Improve Business

May 15, 2015 |

There’s been a lot of time and attention dedicated to mining social media with big data techniques. With more than 400 million tweets a day, you’re almost certain to find a trending Twitter topic that’s relevant to you. But text analytics’ potential is much bigger than social media, and some of its applications may surprise you. Humans can read and process only so much text, but computers can process enormous strings of words. Provalis Research‘s recently released WordStat for Stata Read more…

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…

News In Brief

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…

Bright Computing Rolls New Cluster Manager, Ceph Integration

Jun 10, 2015 |

Cluster and cloud management software specialist Bright Computing unveiled a new version of its cluster manager for Apache Hadoop during this week’s Hadoop Summit in San Jose. Separately, it announced on Wednesday (June 10) that its OpenStack management software now integrates with Ceph, the distributed object storage and file system. Bright Computer’s management platform is intended to help build and manage big data clusters via Apache Hadoop. Version 7.1 of the cluster manager expands automation of deployment and management for 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…

Spark Gets New Machine Learning Framework: KeystoneML

May 26, 2015 |

The AMPLab this week announced the release of KeystoneML, a framework for building and deploying large-scale machine-learning pipelines within Apache Spark. While the software is still in alpha stage, it’s stable enough for developers to begin using it, project backers say. KeystoneML is designed to be a faster and more sophisticated alternative to SparkML, the machine learning framework that’s a full member of the Apache Spark club. Whereas SparkML comes with a basic set of operators for processing text and Read more…

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…

This Just In

RENCI Teams with Georgia Tech on Big Data Hub Proposal

Jul 1, 2015 |

July 1 — The National Science Foundation (NSF) is looking to launch innovative public-private partnerships on big data through a new initiative called Big Data Regional Innovation Hubs (BD Hubs). This past spring, the NSF held charrette meetings in each region of the country to discuss the BD Hubs initiative and solicit ideas for regional BD Hubs. After the South region charrette, UNC-Chapel Hill/RENCI and the Georgia Institute of Technology were tapped to develop a proposal for the South Big Read more…

Women of Teradata Announce College Scholarship Winners

Jul 1, 2015 |

DAYTON, Ohio, July 1 — Women of Teradata, an employee group of Teradata Corp., the big data analytics and marketing applications company today, announced college scholarships awarded to two women who will enter college this fall. Applicants came from Atlanta, Dayton, Ohio, and San Diego. The winners were chosen based on their intention to major in a science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) field, and on their scholastic achievement, community service, financial need and demonstrated leadership potential. Women of Teradata members raised funds and made personal donations to fund the Read more…

IBM Joins iRODS Consortium

Jul 1, 2015 |

CHAPEL HILL, N.C., July 1 – IBM is the latest company to join the iRODS Consortium, a membership organization of users and service providers that sustains the integrated Rule-Oriented Data System (iRODS) as free open source data management software. IBM has signed an agreement that will make the company the eighth member of the consortium. IBM joins DataDirect Networks (DDN), EMC Corporation, Seagate, the UK-based Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, the Atmospheric Science Data Center at NASA Langley Research Center, the Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI) and the Data Intensive Read more…

Capsenta Launches Its Business

Jun 30, 2015 |

AUSTIN, Tex., June 30 — Capsenta, Inc., the Smart Data company, today launched its business, built on its patented Ultrawrap technology, invented and incubated at UT Austin. Ultrawrap creates a virtualized data platform giving semantic access to all databases, spreadsheets and other data stores. Capsenta’s semantic search capability is bringing amazing value to its early adopter customers by delivering business intelligence and insights. Capsenta’s initial customers are in the healthcare and medical technology vertical, but all major industry verticals will benefit Read more…

NAG Announces Winner of the Wilkinson Prize

Jun 11, 2015 |

June 11 — The Numerical Algorithms Group (NAG), Argonne National Laboratory and the National Physical Laboratory announce and present the winner of the co-sponsored Wilkinson Prize 2015 to P.E. Farrell (University of Oxford), S.W. Funke (Simula Research Laboratory), D.A. Ham (Imperial College) and M.E. Rognes (Simula Research Laboratory) for “dolfin-adjoint”, a package which automatically derives and solves adjoint and tangent linear equations from high-level mathematical specifications of finite element discretisations of partial differential equations. The presentation of the award will take place at the International Congress on Industrial Read more…