IDC’s Steve Conway has written a nice feature on Big Data in HPC. Once the singular domain of cryptography and weather applications, the data-handling capabilities of supercomputers could potentially have big-dollar effects on our economy:
Oak Ridge National Lab has submitted a proposal to unify all these databases and perform fraud detection using a Cray supercomputer nicknamed “Jaguar” that features 224,000 AMD Opteron™ processor cores. This solution could save $50 billion a year by analyzing the data in near-real time. The same methods could be applied to other criminal behavior, terrorist activities and many of the other applications I mentioned.
Conway goes on to say that recent technology advances have given data-intensive computing much higher potential as a horizontal market. Read the Full Story.