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GPU-Accelerated Visualization: Interactive Exploratory Data Analysis at Scale

  • Hub101 31416 Agoura Road Westlake Village, CA, 91361 United States (map)

he goal of this talk is to deliver an introduction to Graphical Processing Units (GPUs) and their application to general purpose analytics. There is a great deal of excitement and hype around GPU computing, with good reason. The implications of GPU technology for machine and deep learning have already been enormous. But GPUs can do more than train neural networks - and there is a blossoming open source community to prove it. People are leveraging GPUs to make databases faster, complex geo-spatial analysis better, and to create visual analytics tools that work even with (literal) big data.

Veda, a Senior Developer Advocate at MapD, will discuss an application of GPU computing: the use of GPUs for performing super fast database operations on big data. He’ll introduce MapD, a startup based in San
Francisco that builds open source and enterprise GPU-enabled SQL database solutions. Veda will explain how MapD’s SQL engine and Immerse visualization platform were built from the ground up to harness all that GPU power.

About our Speaker

Veda Shankar is a Senior Developer Advocate at MapD working actively to assist the user community to take advantage of MapD’s open source analytics platform. He is a customer oriented IT specialist with a unique combination of experience in product development, marketing and sales engineering. Prior to MapD, Veda worked on various open source software defined data center products at Red Hat.

Twitter: @veda_shankar

Demo from Pactriglo

After Veda's talk, we will get a demo from Benjamin Pezzillo, Founder & CEO of Pactriglo. Pactriglo is a Los Angeles-based real estate intelligence platform that provides competitive insights to developers who build apartments. Los Angeles is home to one of the worst housing affordability and shortage crises in the country, yet has abundant land to build on. Existing visualization platforms are too slow for real estate developers to juxtapose existing zoning with municipal housing laws. Benjamin will demonstrate how his company leverages MapD to quickly visualize and explore suitable land for real estate development. The company now cuts through over 45 million records from four sources, with results in milliseconds. The platform built by Pactriglo is able to expedite real estate development and reduces risks of real estate investment.

MapD Bio

MapD is an analytics platform, used in business and government to find insights in data beyond the limits of mainstream analytics tools. The MapD platform delivers zero-latency querying and visual exploration of big data, dramatically accelerating operational analytics; data science; and geospatial analytics. Originating from research at MIT, MapD is a technology breakthrough, harnessing the massive parallel computing of GPUs for data analytics. MapD Technologies Inc. is headquartered in San Francisco, and the platform is available globally via open source and enterprise license options.