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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…

Is 2016 the Beginning of the End for Big Data?

Jan 5, 2016 |

Part of my job as managing editor of Datanami is to be a hype buster. Over the past five years, the amount of hoopla and hysteria over big data has reached epic proportions at times. That’s why some in the industry are calling for a slowdown in the analytic platitudes, a return to sanity about what big data can really do. Despite my skeptic tendencies, it’s hard not to be optimistic about big data analytics, given its trajectory. If you Read more…

How Big Data Analytics Is Shaking Up the Insurance Business

Jan 5, 2016 |

The insurance industry is–by definition and by practice–generally averse to risk. But thanks to the success of early adopters of data analytics, insurance companies in the $1.1-trillion U.S. market are scrambling to ramp up their own data analytics practices before it’s too late. In his 25 years in the insurance business, Capgemini’s Seth Rachlin has never seen insurance companies move so quickly to change their business models. “Traditionally insurance has been a slow-moving business,” says Rachlin, who is a vice Read more…

Industry Speaks: Top 33 Big Data Predictions for 2016

Dec 15, 2015 |

What will happen in big data in 2016? You’d think that would be a cinch to answer, what with all the deep neural net and prescriptive analytic progress being made these days. But in fact the big data predictions from the industry are all over the map. Datanami received dozens of predictions from prominent players in the industry. Here is a culled collection of the most interesting ones. Oracle sees the rise of a new type of user: the Data Read more…

Beauty Contest Features Algorithmic Judges

Nov 20, 2015 |

It’s often said that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. That concept will be put to the test next year during a unique beauty contest where robots trained by deep neural networks will judge human contestants based on perceived “wrinkliness” and other features. “What would you say if I told you that today’s beauty contests are very biased and limited and we are looking at the wrong features when evaluating other people?” writes Olga Kairova, a deep learning Read more…

News In Brief

Redis, Samsung Team on In-Memory Boost

Apr 26, 2016 |

Seeking a “generational change” in the economics of in-memory computing, database specialist Redis Labs Inc. has collaborated with South Korean memory chip powerhouse Samsung Electronics to accelerate the processing and analysis of bulging datasets using next-generation memory technology designed to significantly cut memory costs. Redis Labs, Mountain View, Calif., said this week its flash-based platform running on standard x86 servers is available now as part of the company’s enterprise cluster. Along with standard SSD instances available on public clouds, a Read more…

Deploying Hadoop on User Namespace Containers

Mar 29, 2016 |

Hadoop is increasingly moving to the cloud, with the Gartner group reporting that over 50% of companies are considering a cloud only or hybrid cloud solution for Big Data. Altiscale has been offering a high-performance, secure, multi-tenant cloud solution since 2014, with its multitenancy and performance capabilities driven by the use of namespaced Docker containers. In my Thursday session, titled “Deploying Hadoop on user namespace containers,” I will explain my years of work in making Hadoop run effectively in the Read more…

GPU-driven Mobile Device for Deep Learning Medical Diagnostics – at Scale, at the Edge, at ‘the Roof of the World’

Mar 15, 2016 |

By bringing to India, Bangladesh and Nepal a low-cost, GPU-driven mobile device trained to recognize chronic disease “signatures” in medical images, a healthcare start-up is building a distributed cognitive computing capability that provides advanced diagnostics to a resource-poor, population-dense region of the world. If the eyes are windows into the soul, they also can help provide a view of a patient’s overall health. Breakdowns and leaks in the microscopic capillaries in the retina can be early indicators of diabetes, high Read more…

MongoDB Plans ‘Giant’ Event in June

Mar 8, 2016 |

Senior executives from tech giants Google and IBM along with financial services infrastructure managers are scheduled to deliver keynotes addresses at database vendor MongoDB’s annual conclave in June. MongoDB, Palo Alto, Calif., said this week its list of keynoters also includes Adam Savage, co-host of the Discovery Channel’s Mythbusters. Other speakers joining Savage include: Eric Brewer, Google’s vice president of infrastructure; Hannah Fry of the Center for Advanced Spatial Analysis at University College London; Jeff Chapman, chief architect of Capital Read more…

SQL-on-Hadoop Test: Each Engine Has ‘Sweet Spots’

Feb 25, 2016 |

Business intelligence has emerged as the top workload for Hadoop, ahead of data science and ETL. That has prompted bench markers to zero in on the performance of leading SQL-on-Hadoop engines for BI use cases. AtScale, a BI-on-Hadoop specialist, released new benchmark results this week for leading SLQ-on-Hadoop engines, claiming its results reveal which engines are best suited to particular BI scenarios. Overall, the benchmark survey found that the leading engines varied “depending on the type of query, size of Read more…

This Just In

IT Pros Vote 2016 Server & Database Brand Leaders

Mar 23, 2016 |

SAN DIEGO, Calif., March 23 — IT Brand Pulse, a trusted source for research, data and analysis about data center infrastructure, today announced the results of the recent IT brand leader surveys covering thirteen Server and Database products. IT Pros from around the world responded to the independent, non-sponsored survey in February 2016, and were asked which vendors they perceive as the leader in the following categories: Dense Low Power Microserver Enterprise Rackmount Server Server Virtualization Enterprise Blade Server Enterprise Cluster Read more…

Oracle Unleashes New Innovations in Data Analytics

Mar 8, 2016 |

REDWOOD SHORES, Calif., March 8 — Empowering developers to build the next generation of big data analytics platforms, Oracle released a free and open API and developer kit for its Data Analytics Accelerator (DAX) in SPARC processors through its Software in Silicon Developer Program. The program also lets developers view sample use cases and program code, and to test and validate how DAX can speed up analytics applications while test driving Software in Silicon Technology. “High performance data analytics are critical to Read more…

Macrogen Deploys Multiple DRAGEN Processors From Edico Genome

Jan 11, 2016 |

SEOUL, South Korea and SAN DIEGO, Calif., Jan. 11 — Macrogen, a global leader in genome sequencing services and Edico Genome today announced Macrogen has chosen multiple DRAGEN Bio-IT Processors to reinforce its big data processing and analysis capacity for large-scale genome analysis and clinical sequencing services. Macrogen has world-class next-generation sequencing (NGS) facilities, which are equipped with Illumina’s HiSeq X Ten, HiSeq 2000, HiSeq 2500, HiSeq 4000 and MiSeq sequencing systems; Thermo Fisher’s Ion PGM and Ion Proton systems; Roche’s Read more…

Anaconda Brings High Performance Python to Innovative GPU Technology

Nov 16, 2015 |

AUSTIN, Tex., Nov. 16 — Continuum Analytics, developer of Anaconda, the leading modern open source analytics platform powered by Python, today announced the availability of Anaconda on AMD’s Accelerated Processing Units (APU), giving Anaconda users a simple way to exploit AMD’s latest technology innovation for the most demanding data science applications with the simplicity of Python. This combined technology is useful for advanced analytic workloads where communication overhead has previously made GPU acceleration challenging. These situations come up often when working Read more…

Ryft Open API Library Extends Lightning-Fast Batch and Streaming Analysis to Existing Big Data Environments 

May 21, 2015 |

ROCKVILLE, MD., May 21 — Ryft announced today the availability of the Ryft Open API Library, expanding the company’s Ryft ONE high-performance data analysis capabilities into existing big data environments. Developers can now invoke or extend the Ryft Open API to add hardware-driven acceleration to applications that demand real-time intelligence from all types of batch and streaming data. Now, Ryft combines the flexibility of an open, future-proof 1U platform with the speed, simplicity, scalability and security of a purpose-built analytics accelerator for 100X faster enterprise decision-making Read more…