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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Software as a Service for Data Scientists

In the CACM:    Experience at Globus Online.  Applicable in business too .." ... As big data emerges as a force in science so, too, do new, onerous tasks for researchers. Data from specialized instrumentation, numerical simulations, and downstream manipulations must be collected, indexed, archived, shared, replicated, and analyzed. These tasks are not new, but the complexities involved in performing them for terabyte or larger datasets (increasingly common across scientific disciplines) are quite different from those that applied when data volumes were measured in kilobytes. The result is a computational crisis in many laboratories and a growing need for far more powerful data-management tools, yet the typical researcher lacks the resources and expertise to operate these tools.... "

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