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Google Global Database

Google, a few months ago, released a paper detailing the infrastructure surrounding their new database technology, Spanner.  Spanner allows for databases that span multiple datacenters hubs. Like most of the new tech we discussed over the semester, Spanner will be … Continue reading

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Now is the Winter of AI’s discontent

Artificial intelligence is one of the burgeoning industries that big data will provide with many helpful technological improvements.  However, how much will increased computational power provide to an industry that has made very few ground breaking developments in its several … Continue reading

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Online Advertising Data and You

You may not know about BlueKai but boy does it know a lot about you.  The consumer data bundling website is detailed in a really interesting article in the NYT about bunded online consumer data.  It raises some pretty interesting … Continue reading

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If the computer industry got a do-over, what should it do differently? Is computer architecture too complex to be revolutionized? Several of our reading’s have mentioned the absurdity of the fact that despite constant and consistent innovation in almost every other area of computation, the basic structure of computers has not … Continue reading

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Zbox4 construction

Over the past decade, my colleagues in Zurich have built several computing clusters dedicated to performing cosmological simulations. Here’s a video showing how their latest cluster, the zBox4, was put together in just a couple of days.

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fast databases for data-driven decisions

In this post from 8 Sept., Steve Lohr of the NY Times talks about an emerging focus on fast data analysis among tech companies, brought about in large part by implementing flash drives rather than spinning disk as a storage solution. … Continue reading

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