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DeepSQL Kicks Evolutionary Genetic Research Into High Gear

Nov 24, 2015 |

The Ruđer Bošković Institute (RBI) in Croatia blasted through a bottleneck in its evolutionary genetic research by implementing a parallelized storage engine for MySQL from Deep Information Sciences that serves genomic data to its analytic computer cluster. RBI is Croatia’s leading scientific institute, with 850 scientists conducting research into various natural and biomedical fields. In particular, its Department of Molecular Biology has created novel ways of looking into how human genes evolved by comparing each human gene to all the Read more…

The Art of Analytics, Or What the Green-Haired People Can Teach Us

Oct 23, 2015 |

It’s been said that a picture is worth a thousand words. But in this big data age, perhaps we should say that a picture is worth 1,000 terabytes. This week Teradata showcased some of the ways that the creatives among us, or the “green-haired people,” are putting data to pixel with an installation dubbed the Art of Analytics. Teradata put more than two dozen visualizations on display at its user conference this week in Anaheim, California. The big, bold displays, Read more…

Neo4j Touts 10x Performance Boost of Graphs on IBM Power FPGAs

Oct 21, 2015 |

Neo Technology today announced that it’s working with IBM to support its graph database on IBM Power8-based servers equipped with field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs). This will enable customers to run graph databases with hundreds of billions to trillions of edges, thereby tackling a new class of intractable big data problems in bioinformatics, fraud detection, and IoT analytics. In other news, Neo also open sourced a key piece of software. Like most NoSQL database vendors, Neo Technology supports its software Read more…

Kaggle Tackles Whale of an Identification Problem

Oct 20, 2015 |

Kaggle has hosted lots of different data science competitions over the years, but none quite like the one launched by NOAA Fisheries earlier this year. The government agency, with financial support from MATLAB creator MathWorks, is sponsoring a data science competition on Kaggle to see who can create the best algorithm for identifying individual right whales. North Atlantic right whales are among the most endangered marine mammals on the planet, with only about 500 individuals remaining. The population is coming Read more…

Accelerating Drug Discovery with Machine Learning on Big Medical Data

Sep 24, 2015 |

Pharmaceutical companies spend billions testing prospective drugs by conducting “wet lab” experiments that can take years to complete. But what if the same results could be obtained in a matter of minutes by running computer model simulations instead? A Silicon Valley startup says it has created a novel machine learning algorithm that does just that. twoXAR (pronounced “two-czar”) was founded last year by two men both named Andrew Radin (more on that later). The Radins were interested in using advances Read more…

News In Brief

Cloud-based ‘Deep’ Learning Tool Explains Predictions

Nov 17, 2015 |

“Deep” machine learning technology said by its creator to have been used by large customers over the last five years to make high-stakes advertising decisions is being released to the masses as a cloud web application and an API. St. Louis-based Rice Analytics said this week its automated RELR deep machine-learning tool differs from conventional artificial intelligence approaches by providing explanations for the reasons behind its predictions. A cloud-based version of the tool called SkyRELR is said allow machine learning Read more…

IBM Watson Targets ‘Self-Serve’ Analytics

Oct 14, 2015 |

In another attempt to extend its cognitive computing model beyond IT administrators to business users, IBM said it is expanding it Watson Analytics platform to include data discovery models along with natural language processing, data visualization and predictive analytics. In trumpeting Watson’s new data discovery and question-and-answer capabilities designed to speed the delivery of self-service analytics, IBM (NYSE: IBM) also announced that half a million users have so far registered to use the Watson Analytics service introduced last year. The Read more…

Health Care Emerges as Hadoop Use Case

Oct 8, 2015 |

Unstructured data is estimated to account for nearly 80 percent of health care information, a hodge-podge of physicians’ notes, sensor data from medical devices, lab results, X-ray and MRI images along with clinical and financial data. Add to the mix several layers of patient privacy and medical IT regulations and you get a use case ripe for the application of big data analytics. MapR Technologies is among the Hadoop specialists eying the big data market for health care estimated by Read more…

Algorithmia Voted the Top Startup at Fall Strata 2015

Sep 30, 2015 |

A company that runs what’s been called a “dating site” for underappreciated algorithms took home the award for top startup today at the Strata + Hadoop World show in New York City. The companies Sense, Timbr, and BlueTalon also won awards in the Startup Showcase. Algorithmia was founded in 2013 with the goal of helping to save algorithms from languishing on the academic vine. “Algorithms are being developed all the time, but are not getting into the hands of people Read more…

Rice Genome Data Mined to Feed a Hungry Planet

Sep 24, 2015 |

The global population is forecast to top 7.7 billion human beings by 2020. As weather patterns change and, with them, global agricultural production, a new dataset containing the genome sequences of more than 3,000 rice varieties are being made available to researchers working to figure out how to feed the world. The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) along with the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences and BGI Shenzhen compiled the 120-terabyte dataset, which is available now on the Amazon Web Read more…

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Zettaset Boosts Big Data Protection for IBM Power Systems servers with Enterprise-Class Encryption for Hadoop and NoSQL Databases

May 20, 2015 |

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., May 20, – Zettaset, a leader in Big Data security, today announced it has successfully completed integration of Zettaset’s Big Data Encryption software solution, BDEncrypt™, with IBM’s Power Systems scale-out servers running Linux. IBM POWER8 customers seeking an encryption solution which is optimized for Big Data environments and distributed computing architectures including Hadoop and NoSQL can now utilize Zettaset BDEncrypt.  BDEncrypt with IBM Power Systems is designed to deliver a high level of compute performance and solution Read more…

PSC to Provide HPC Resources for Pitt Big Data Project

Oct 9, 2014 |

Oct. 9 — The National Institutes of Health has awarded the University of Pittsburgh an $11 million, four-year grant to lead a Big Data to Knowledge Center of Excellence, an initiative that will help scientists capitalize more fully on large amounts of available data and to make data science a more prominent component of biomedical research. The Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center will provide HPC resources and expertise to support the effort. Much of science focuses on understanding the “why” or “how” Read more…