Startups Offer Easy Access to Machine Learning

Over at GigaOM, Derrick Harris writes that there are now more choices for businesses that want out-of-the-box functionality for machine learning, predictive analytics and general data science.

An offspring of Greenplum (former Greenplum parent company EMC is an investor, in fact), Alpine Data Labs is doing what amounts to Microsoft Visio for predictive analytics. Its software sits right inside a company’s data store (that can be Hadoop or any number of popular databases) and lets users analyze the data by drawing flow charts. It’s a little more complex than just pulling down a menu and selecting “cluster,” but it’s a whole lot easier than trying to code those functions.

Harris also looks at Context RelevantDatameerSkytree, and Wise.io.

Video: What is Startup Engineering?

In this video, Merrick Furst from FlashPoint leads off a discussion series with a focus on perceived reality vs. actual reality in the world of Startups.

What is Startup Engineering? It all starts with accepting the fact you might not be connected to reality. Your job is to uncover an insight that discovers a problem that people cannot not pay you to help them solve. An idea that makes your customers’ lives a little easier and helps them become closer to who they are.

Energy Efficient BrownDwarf Supercomputer Changes the Game at ISC’13

In this video from ISC’13, Ian Lintault from nCore HPC describes the company’s innovative BrownDwarf supercomputer technology.

The BrownDwarf Y-Class system is an incredibly important milestone in HPC system development,” said Ian Lintault, managing director of nCore HPC. “Working in close collaboration with TI, IDT and our hardware partner Prodrive, we have successfully established a new class of energy efficient supercomputers designed to fulfill the demands of a wide range of scientific, technical and commercial applications.”

Check out more from the show at our ISC’13 Video Gallery.

Video: Startups, Entrepreneurs, and Ninja Innovation

In this video, authors Steve Blank and Gary Shapiro discuss how how Startups can apply “ninja innovation” for success.

How can you become a Ninja Innovator — and follow Steve Blank’s advice to “get out of the building” to create and launch your own successful start-up? This program will introduce and integrate best practices, strategies and tips that have swept the startup world, combined with lessons learned from the front lines of “ninja innovation” in consumer electronics and related fields — and where they meet in the amazing growth and focus on startups at the world’s largest annual innovation event, the International CES.

New Portland HPC Startup is ARMed and Dangerous

In a 2009 interview with insideHPC, data scientist Thomas Thurston talked about research he had done predicting ARM CPUs were on a path to disrupt X86 in HPC. This was the first time most of us had considered the idea of cell phone CPUs someday being relevant for HPC and, frankly, it caused a bit of a fuss. So we asked him to elaborate a year later, which he did in this article Armed Invasion of HPC? posted in 2010. The fallout from that discussion ranged from constructive to destructive. Some thought it was a provocative idea, others thought it was offensively naïve.

That was then. This is now.

Despite his skeptics at the time, it seems Thurston was onto something. Just today nCore launched BrownDwarf, an actual ARM- and DSP-based supercomputer. What started in cell phones has moved upwards into smartphones, tablets, servers and now even supercomputers as well.

It’s still early, but things are starting to pop. This year alone Nvidia came out with its Kayla GPU-ARM development platform. The Pedraforca Cluster was announced by the Barcelona Supercomputing Center, which will deploy ARM CPUs, GPUs and InfiniBand. Even AMD, a bastion of X86, this year announced its server strategy based on ARM CPUs codenamed “Seattle.” The sound of ARM began as a whisper, but has quickly become a thunder in Intel’s ears.

For those who don’t know, Thurston is the world’s leading expert at predicting if businesses will survive or fail. He does this through predictive modeling and data science, and has worked with heavyweights like Harvard’s Clayton Christensen and tech investing titan Bill Hambrecht. He’s also a venture capitalist and a hedge fund manager. We caught up with Thurston today to share the news on BrownDwarf and get his thoughts on the burgeoning ARM renaissance in HPC.

As early as 2007 we had models predicting ARM would become a disruptive threat to X86 in HPC over the following seven-to-ten years. It’s happening a little faster than our original forecasts, but is basically playing out note for note. Back then we saw ARM moving up from smartphones into tablets (there was no iPad at the time) and low-end laptops. Next it would move into servers and even HPC. Back then everyone was very dismissive of our predictions and sometimes even rude. They said we clearly didn’t know what we were talking about. It turns out we were right, and several other folks saw this coming too. Now it’s undeniable. I can’t wait to see what happens next. The billion dollar question is: how will Intel respond?”