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Cray and Big Data

Unread postby josehill » Tue Feb 14, 2012 11:45 am

So, Cray seems to be reorganizing its old knowledge management group into a "Big Data" group. http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/02/08 ... _division/

Is Cray just another dinosaur reacting to something that Gartner says is climbing the Hype Curve in a vain effort to sell some hardware, or does Cray (or any of our other favorite companies) have something - anything - interesting to say/offer?

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Re: Cray and Big Data

Unread postby skywriter » Tue Feb 14, 2012 12:45 pm

'big data' is essentially an attempt to do real-time analytics on un-structured and semi-structured data. It is akin to the the ETL (extract, transform, load) Data Warehouse operations with queries that break the performance of row oriented schemas and many column oriented ones.

To do this, storage, network, and compute all need a generous boost in performance.

I don't consider 'Big Data' as hyper, it's already produced a lot of revenue generating applications.

But to be more than an arms supplier, which is failing to compete in this area, you really need the skills of a data scientist in statistics and similar skills to make sense of these new data streams; twitter, facebook, etc...

I wouldn't expect Cray to have anything of note to say unless it full filled the above needs.

oh and btw, a key tenant is big CHEAP in Big Data. I don't see Cray being that.
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Re: Cray and Big Data

Unread postby hamei » Tue Feb 14, 2012 6:48 pm

skywriter wrote:I don't consider 'Big Data' as hyper, it's already produced a lot of revenue generating applications.

So did Florida swampland ....

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Re: Cray and Big Data

Unread postby skywriter » Wed Feb 15, 2012 4:31 am

Hamei, your misgivings are unfounded this time. It's new technology, it's real technology, and it's profitable technology. Is it fun? No, but then all the fun has been over for years anyway. Time to find a new hobby. I did.
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Re: Cray and Big Data

Unread postby Oskar45 » Thu Feb 16, 2012 11:34 am

skywriter wrote: Time to find a new hobby. I did.
And your new hobby is which?
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Re: Cray and Big Data

Unread postby skywriter » Thu Feb 16, 2012 3:24 pm

astronomy.
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Re: Cray and Big Data

Unread postby Oskar45 » Fri Feb 17, 2012 8:55 am

skywriter wrote:astronomy.
OT: Including astrophysics or just star-gazing?
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Re: Cray and Big Data

Unread postby skywriter » Fri Feb 17, 2012 9:40 am

Everything. Can we stay on topic now? I posted telescope thread elsewhere.
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