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 Post subject: Cray and Big Data
Unread postPosted: Tue Feb 14, 2012 12:45 pm 
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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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 Post subject: Re: Cray and Big Data
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'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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 Post subject: Re: Cray and Big Data
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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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 Post subject: Re: Cray and Big Data
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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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 Post subject: Re: Cray and Big Data
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Time to find a new hobby. I did.
And your new hobby is which?


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astronomy.

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


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 Post subject: Re: Cray and Big Data
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Everything. Can we stay on topic now? I posted telescope thread elsewhere.

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