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HPCC Systems blog contributors are engineers and data scientists who for years have enabled LexisNexis customers to use big data to fulfill critical missions, gain competitive advantage, or unearth new discoveries. Check this blog regularly for insights into how HPCC Systems technology can put big data to work for your own organization.

Jessica Lorti on 02/17/2017

On February 16, 2017, HPCC Systems hosted the latest edition of The Download: Tech Talks by the HPCC Systems Community.  These technically-focused talks are for the community, by the community.  The Download: Tech Talks is intended to provide continuing education through high quality content and meaningful development insight throughout the year.

Jessica Lorti on 02/10/2017

Michael Targett, Senior Director for Data at FlightGlobal (www.flightglobal.com) joins us on The Download Podcast.  Michael shares how FlightGlobal utilizes the industry’s most comprehensive fleet data to derive insights that create efficiencies and cost savings.

Gavin Halliday on 02/09/2017

ECL has two commonly known keywords for grouping together actions – PARALLEL and SEQUENTIAL.  Surely it is fairly obvious which one to use?  Use PARALLEL if you do not mind in which order operations are executed and use SEQUENTIAL if you do.  Unfortunately many people do not realise that SEQUENTIAL can be very bad for your query’s health.

Jessica Lorti on 01/20/2017

Arjuna Chala, Senior Director of Technology for HPCC Systems, and I sat down to discuss the Future Technologies Conference that took place in San Francisco on December 6-7, 2016.  Arjuna was a keynote speaker at the event and we discuss conference highlights and what he thinks these insights mean for the future of big data technology.

Jessica Lorti on 01/13/2017

On January 12, 2017, HPCC Systems hosted the first ever episode of The Download: Tech Talks.  These technically-focused talks are for the community, by the community.  The Download: Tech Talks is intended to provide continuing education through high quality content and meaningful development insight throughout the year.

Watch the webcast here: https://www.brighttalk.com/webcast/15091/240577

Jessica Lorti on 12/14/2016

Following the HPCC Systems Community Day, Jeff Bradshaw, founder of Adaptris (www.adaptris.com), and Graeme McCracken, COO of Proagrica (www.proagrica.com) joined The Download to discuss their implementation of HPCC Systems. 

Richard Chapman on 12/13/2016

TensorFlowTM (see https://www.tensorflow.org) is a new open-source program from Google for performing linear algebra operations on tensors (matrices) and connecting multiple such operations together. It is particularly suited for machine learning applications, and supports operations on GPUs as well as cluster-based operations across multiple machines when dealing with data that is too large for a single machine to handle.

Lorraine Chapman on 12/12/2016

Lily Xu joined the team as part of the HPCC Systems intern program in the summer of 2016. Lily is a PhD student at Clemson University, studying Computer Science which includes options in machine learning, data mining and software architecture. Lily submitted a proposal to implement the Yinyang K-Means clustering algorithm in ECL as a new feature to be included in the HPCC Systems machine learning library.

Lorraine Chapman on 12/12/2016

Sarthak Jain joined the HPCC Systems platform team as a student contributor during our involvement with the Google Summer of Code program in 2015. He added new statistics to the HPCC Systems Linear and Logistic Regression machine learning module. He returned to the team as part of the 2016 HPCC Systems summer intern program, again working on a machine learning related project, implementing Latent Semantic Analysis (LSA).

Jessica Lorti on 12/09/2016

Following the HPCC Systems Summit, I took the opportunity to sit down with Raj Chandrasekaran, CTO and co-Founder of ClearFunnel (www.clearfunnel.com).  Raj has a background in technology consulting and has led practices on Technology Strategy, Platforms, and Architecture.  Currently on his third start-up, Raj shares information on how ClearFunnel is using the open source HPCC Systems big data platform to solve customer big data challenges as well as a