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The big deal about big data

Jul 20, 2011, 21:07 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Linda L. Briggs)

"The frameworks for solutions have been around for many years; I worked on data-parallel computing 20 years ago, and it wasn't really new then, either, but back then, the focus was on scientific programming, with the beginnings of intuition regarding high-performance business applications.

"Today, the barriers between performance computing and data management are really starting to crumble; the grid computing hoopla from a few years back and the popularization of programming models such as MapReduce and Hadoop are at least demonstrating some thought in moving in the right direction."

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