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Data on the Shore: How efficient hardware and good communicant lead to the fourth paradigm

Anastasia Ailamaki

Recorded 01 December 2011 in Lausanne, Vaud, Switzerland

Event: KTN - Know Thy Neighbor

Abstract

We are in the era of data deluge: Everyone complains about how much data they have and how they feel there's useful information hidden within, but they are not sure what it is or how to get it. The DIAS Squad comes to the rescue in two ways. Firstly, through building efficient data management systems, we harness the underlying hardware's storage and compute capabilities. We redesign data management software with hardware particularities in mind, but at the same time we explore radically controversial approaches, such as in-situ querying of data without first loading it into the system. Secondly, through systematic communication with other disciplines, we design infrastructure that enables efficient exploration of scientific data which leads to unprecedented discoveries. We can help domain scientists to quickly find the effect of underground seismic activity in a city, or quickly determine which are the next possible areas of interest while navigating the neurons of the human brain. By combining deep introspective systems research with reaching-out to demanding applications we aspire to bring the scientific method closer to the fourth paradigm.

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