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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…

What You May Have Missed at Strata + Hadoop World 2014

Oct 21, 2014 |

Talk about information overload. If you were one of the lucky 5,000 to attend the Strata + Hadoop World conference last week, then you were subject to a marathon session of big data keynotes delivered continually for the better part of two days. It’s understandable that you missed out on some of the big data news announced at the show, including Cray’s new Hadoop appliance, or the latest tools from Revolution Analytics and Tableau. Don’t worry: We’ll get you back Read more…

How Baidu Uses Deep Learning to Drive Success on the Web

Sep 22, 2014 |

The Chinese Web giant Baidu is investing heavily in deep learning technologies as it seeks to drive intelligence from big data using high performance computing (HPC). From speech and facial recognition to language transaction and Web search, Baidu relies on deep learning and artificial intelligence technologies to improve a range of customer-facing applications. Dr. Ren Wu, a distinguished scientist at Baidu’s Deep Learning Institute (IDL), discussed Baidu’s use of deep learning technologies in a keynote presentation at Tabor Communication’s recent Read more…

News In Brief

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…

SiSense Tweaks Memory to Boost Data Analytics

Jun 2, 2014 |

Business intelligence software vendor SiSense is forecasting that soaring demand among small and mid-sized companies for data analytics could help triple it sales this year. The Israeli company differentiates itself from competitors through its “In-Chip” technology that speeds up and scales data processing by tweaking existing processing resources in computers. This approach leverages CPU cache, generally the fastest available memory, along with RAM (in-memory) and disk memory to speed up data processing at rates it claims are up to 100 Read more…

Making Hadoop Relevant to HPC

May 27, 2014 |

Despite its proven ability to affordably process large amounts of data, Apache Hadoop and its MapReduce framework are being taken seriously only at a subset of U.S. supercomputing facilities and only by a subset of professionals within the HPC community. That in a nutshell is the contention of Glenn K. Lockwood of the San Diego Supercomputer Center, who wonders why Hadoop remains at the fringe of high-performance computing while looking for ways to move it into the HPC mainstream. “Hadoop 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…