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How Spark and Hadoop Are Advancing Cancer Research

May 23, 2016 |

The combination of Spark and Hadoop has supercharged big data analysis across many industries and use cases by lowering the barrier of entry to advanced analytics and thereby enabling data scientists to create data-driven products that weren’t previously possible. Read more…

Can Big Data Deliver on the Huge Expectations of Precision Medicine?

Apr 18, 2016 |

Big data can do a lot of things. But can it allow doctors to create drugs that are tailor-made to your genes, reduce the cost of healthcare for a billion people, and let us all live to 150? Read more…

Reporter’s Notebook: 6 Key Takeaways from Strata + Hadoop World

Apr 5, 2016 |

The big data ecosystem was on full display at last week’s Strata + Hadoop World conference in San Jose. At the ripe old age of 10, Hadoop is still the driving force, but newer frameworks like Spark and Kafka are gaining steam. Read more…

How Big and Fast Data Can Transform the Oil and Gas Industry

Apr 4, 2016 |

The oil industry has generally lagged behind other industries when it comes to new technology. For example, most other blue chip industries have gone paperless for most things. The obvious benefit of going paperless is a faster and more efficient movement of information across the organization. Read more…

Big Data and the White House’s Cancer Moonshot

Mar 23, 2016 |

The White House wants to invest $1 billion in a new Cancer Moonshot aimed at accelerating research into ways to detect, treat, and prevent the debilitating series of diseases. It’s not the first time the government has announced a major effort to eradicate cancer by spending big on medical science. Read more…

News In Brief

NSF Funds New Cognitive Science Research

Aug 18, 2016 |

As part of its BRAIN initiative, the National Science Foundation announced a second series of grants this week awarded to multidisciplinary teams to further explore cognitive and neural systems, including “data-intensive neuroscience and cognitive science.” Read more…

Life Sciences Cultivate Streaming Analytics

Aug 15, 2016 |

Transatlantic partners are applying machine-learning algorithms to a financial HPC platform to develop predictive models for studying crop growth patterns and agriculture practices. The partners said the models would include variables such as crop response and adaptation to environmental stresses. Read more…

Quantum Researchers Eye AI Advances

Aug 11, 2016 |

Researchers wringing out new quantum computing architectures are increasingly looking at the nascent processing technology as a way to advance machine-learning algorithms for new AI applications.

As quantum computing efforts scale up at corporate, university and government laboratories, the promising yet largely unproven technology could help unlock facets of artificial intelligence, leading to more powerful cognitive computing technologies like IBM’s (NYSE: Read more…

Open Source Tool ‘Rethinks’ Databases

Aug 10, 2016 |

An open source tool for writing queries and modeling data designed for use with the RethinkDB query language is being positioned as an alternative to developing applications using the ReQL query language. Read more…

AI Initiative Targets Medical Apps

Aug 8, 2016 |

An artificial intelligence initiative launched last week seeks to weave predictive AI technology into emerging health and “wellness” products.

According to initiative organizers, medAI seeks to move beyond “button pushing and impersonal automation scenarios” Read more…

This Just In

Cycle Computing Collaborates With NCCS and the University of Minnesota

Aug 16, 2016 |

NEW YORK, N.Y., Aug. 16 — Cycle Computing, the leader in cloud computing orchestration software for Big Compute and Big Data, today announced its continued involvement in optimizing research spearheaded by NASA’s Center for Climate Simulation (NCCS) and the University of Minnesota. Read more…

TransUnion Powers New Prama Self-Service Analytics Platform With MapR

Jun 30, 2016 |

SAN JOSE, Calif., June 30 — MapR Technologies, Inc., provider of the industry’s only Converged Data Platform, today revealed that TransUnion (NYSE: TRU), a global risk and information solutions provider, is using the MapR Converged Data Platform to power the initial product offerings in its new Prama analytics platform. Read more…

NGDATA Lab Launched

Jun 24, 2015 |

NEW YORK, N.Y., June 24 — NGDATA, the customer experience management solutions company, today announced the launch of NGDATA Lab, a research-driven initiative that will advance industry-wide knowledge and best practices for progressing big data technology, uncover strategies for data governance and improve the customer experience. Read more…

Researchers Use IBM Big Data Offering to Manage Trove of Climate Data

May 8, 2015 |

ARMONK, N.Y. and HAMBURG, Germany, May 8 — The German Climate Computing Center is using technology and services from IBM to manage the world’s largest climate simulation data archive, used by leading climate researchers worldwide. Read more…

SQream Launches Big Data Analytics Database Tailored for Genome Researchers

Apr 21, 2015 |

BOSTON, Mass., April 21 — SQream Technologies, provider of the world’s fastest big data analytics database, today announced the release of GenomeStack, its latest innovative platform developed specifically for genome research. Read more…