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Leverage Big Data 2015 Yields Insightful Gems

Mar 20, 2015 |

Some of the brightest minds in the big data and HPC communities took the stage this week at Tabor Communications’ second annual Leverage Big Data conference, which took place at the beautiful Ponte Vedra Resort in Florida. From the impact of Hadoop to the cutting edge of FPGA research, attendees shared their big data lessons. Big data is everywhere, said Molly Rector, CMO for DDN, who delivered a keynote Monday night. You may not know it, but whenever you use Read more…

FPGA System Smokes Spark on Streaming Analytics

Mar 10, 2015 |

Technologists with decades of experience building field-programmable gate array (FPGA) systems for the federal government today unveiled a commercial FPGA offering it claims holds 100x performance advantage over Apache Spark for specific streaming analytic jobs. By all appearances, the Ryft One looks like just another general-purpose X86 Linux server. Indeed, the 1U device sports an Ubuntu OS and Intel processor, largely for purposes of familiarity. But as you dig beyond that generic façade and into its more exotic innards, you’ll Read more…

The Rise of Predictive Modeling Factories

Feb 9, 2015 |

So you installed Hadoop and built a data lake that can store petabytes of data. Now what? According to leaders in predictive analytics, the best thing you can do is to build a predictive model factory that automates much of the drudgery out of running machine learning algorithms at scale. “Every data lake needs a predictive modeling factory,” says SriSatish Ambati, the co-founder and CEO of H2O, a developer of in-memory machine learning technology. “Predictive analytics as a whole is Read more…

Can Big Data Give Us Bionic Brains?

Jan 20, 2015 |

The rise of big data and analytics promises to transform many aspects of our lives, chief among them how we synthesize data and make decisions. Some theorize that big data will augment our own cognitive capabilities to the point where it’s like we have bionic brains. According to Deloitte Analytics, the field of cognitive analytics is an extension of cognitive computing, and is made up of three main components: machine learning, natural language processing, and advanced analytics. These technologies, combined Read more…

‘What Is Big Data’ Question Finally Settled?

Oct 29, 2014 |

People have been debating what “big data” means ever since the term appeared in the lexicon. Researchers at Cal Berkeley recently pepper dozens of prominent data scientists and industry leader with the question in hopes of settling the big question once and for all. You’ve undoubtedly heard many definitions for big data over the years. For some, you have big data when it can’t be stored on a single computer, or it’s the combination of volume, velocity, and variety (some Read more…

News In Brief

Where Does InfiniDB Go From Here?

Mar 5, 2015 |

Last September, the company behind InfiniDB, Calpont, went out of business. Up stepped MariaDB, the company behind the open source relational database, to serve as a steward for the product and provide support to customers. The big question on everybody’s mind is, where does the product go from here? InfiniDB is a columnar database management system designed to power analytic applications. Originally debuting in the year 2000, the software was built upon the MySQL database and includes its own SQL Read more…

Fujitsu Adding Column-Oriented Processing Engine to PostgreSQL

Mar 4, 2015 |

Fujitsu Laboratories last week announced that it’s developed a column-oriented data storage and processing engine that can quickly analyze large amounts of data stored on a PostgreSQL database. The technology, which utilizes vector processing, is being showcased this week at a conference in Japan. Fujitsu has a long history developing big systems designed to handle heavy transactional loads. It was a close development partner of Sun Microsystems for 64-bit Sparc servers until Sun was acquired by Oracle. Today the $4.5 Read more…

Oracle Rejiggers Exadata for Emerging In-Memory Workloads

Jan 22, 2015 |

Organizations that adopt the latest generation of Oracle’s engineered systems will have more flexible configuration and licensing options available to them than previous generations. That will make it more cost effective to run emerging in-memory workloads, such as operational analytics, the company says. At a live launch event in Redwood City, California, Oracle chairman and CTO Larry Ellison unveiled the X5 generation of its various all-in-one server platforms. The Exadata Database Machine is headlining this new generation, and backed up Read more…

Military Insurer USAA Embraces IBM’s Watson

Jul 24, 2014 |

IBM said this week it is expanding commercialization of its Watson cognitive computing technology through a deal with military financial services provider USAA that will result in what IBM said will be Watson’s first commercial application. The partnership calls for USAA to offer an app called “Watson Engagement Advisor” as part of a pilot program to help veterans transition back to civilian life. The app is designed to advise USAA members on their separation from the military based on Watson’s Read more…

Cloudera, Dell, Intel Target ‘Big Data Ecosystem’

Jun 24, 2014 |

Cloudera, Dell and Intel said they plan to launch dedicated Dell In-Memory Appliances for the Cloudera Enterprise as a way to boost real-time analytics performance. The partners said the goal of the engineering partnership is to advance enterprise deployments of Apache Hadoop as well as to integrate hardware and software to help enterprises leverage advanced data analysis. The latter would be enabled through incorporation of real-time data streams into customers’ applications. The partners said the initial effort would be the Read more…

This Just In

NVIDIA Unveils Tesla K80 Dual-GPU Accelerator Designed for Data Analytics

Nov 17, 2014 |

NEW ORLEANS, La., Nov. 17 — NVIDIA today unveiled a new addition to the NVIDIA Tesla Accelerated Computing Platform: the Tesla K80 dual-GPU accelerator, the world’s highest performance accelerator designed for a wide range of machine learning, data analytics, scientific, and high performance computing (HPC) applications. The Tesla K80 dual-GPU is the new flagship offering of the Tesla Accelerated Computing Platform, the leading platform for accelerating data analytics and scientific computing. It combines the world’s fastest GPU accelerators, the widely used CUDA parallel computing Read more…

Advancements Made to Teradata Database

Oct 20, 2014 |

NASHVILLE, Tenn., Oct. 20 – Teradata Corp., the big data analytics and marketing applications company, today announced engineering advancements to the Teradata Database that deliver analytic performance and system efficiency through new memory and CPU optimizations. These enhancements strengthen Teradata’s approach to in-memory computing and enable customers to seamlessly and automatically realize the greatest benefit from their investment in memory. “Teradata is relentlessly dedicated to engineering a smarter, simpler way to leverage memory and CPU to drive performance,” said Scott Gnau, president, Teradata Labs. Read more…

OVH Launches Cloud Service Based on IBM POWER8 Processor

Oct 17, 2014 |

ARMONK, N.Y., Oct. 17 — IBM today announced that leading Internet hosting provider OVH has launched an on-demand cloud service based on IBM’s POWER8 processor, tuned specifically for Big Data, high performance computing and database workloads. In addition to introducing this new cloud service, OVH has become the newest member of the OpenPOWER Foundation, an open development community over 60 members strong worldwide collaborating to further leverage the POWER processor’s open architecture for broad industry innovation. OVH serves 700,000 customers with 180,000 hosted environments in 17 data centers Read more…

ARM Cortex-A57-Based Hadoop Demonstration Achieved on AMD Opteron A-Series

Sep 30, 2014 |

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., Sept. 30 — AMD today will make the first public demonstration of Apache Hadoop running on an ARM Cortex-A57-based AMD Opteron A-Series processor. In a technical session at the JavaOne conference to be delivered this afternoon by AMD corporate fellow Leendert van Doorn, the company will show how the expanding AMD Opteron A-Series server software ecosystem now includes Hadoop, the Java-based framework for storage and large-scale data processing. In addition, Henrik Stahl, vice president, Java product management and Internet of Things at Oracle, will join van Doorn on stage Read more…

Magma Enables Map-D to Utilize GPU Clusters

Jun 23, 2014 |

SAN DIEGO, Calif., June 23 — Magma and Map-D have teamed up to develop an integrated solution for the visualization and analysis of Big Data across a cluster of GPUs. This exciting Big Data solution combines new ultra fast expansion technology from Magma, with Map-D’s real-time, end-to-end visualization and analytics platform. Magma’s expansion chassis, the ExpressBox 3600, allows Map-D to parse out parallel computations to multiple GPUs without the bottlenecks of traditional super computer architecture. By housing GPUs in one single chassis, Magma allows Read more…