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Sam Madden: Going Big on Big Data

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Published on Mar 26, 2015

Prof. Sam Madden '99, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, spoke about big data, one of the hottest topics in computer science. At MIT, he recently started two "big data" initiatives: the Intel Science and Technology Center (ISTC) in Big Data, and BigData@CSAIL, and industry-sponsored consortium. In this talk, he gave a bit of background about what big data is, why industry is so excited about it, and his own perspective on the challenging research problems it brings up. He also described a couple of "big data" research projects, including BlinkDB, an approximate query processor built on Apache Hive, and DataHub, a new system helping teams of researchers collaborate on data sets. Prof. Madden answered many question throughout the talk and at the end.

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