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Taming Big Data With ‘R’

The quest for tools to tame Big Data never ends. In this blog, I’m going to talk about the “R” language, the latest tool I have started to use for Big Data. R was developed as a language for statistics and graphics. R is based on the S language, which …

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DAAL: The Arrow in the Analytics Quiver

I have been talking about Intel’s Data Analytics Acceleration Library (DAAL) for several months, ever since the Beta release of Intel Parallel Studio 2016. It’s a robust and diverse suite of algorithms and support functions for performing analytics on data. In addition to writing about DAAL, I have used it …

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What’s the Difference Between LXC and Docker?

Though Docker—an open-source project that automates the deployment of applications inside software containers—first emerged in 2013, its rise has been meteoric. But, you could be forgiven for thinking that containers didn’t exist before then. That’s unfair to LXC (Linux Containers) which first appeared in mid-2008 but whose origin started in …

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What Type of Big Data is Best Tamed by DAAL?

Intel’s Data Analytics Acceleration Library (Intel DAAL) is a library of algorithmic building blocks for data analysis stages most commonly associated with solving Big Data problems. The cross platform library on Windows, Linux and Mac OS X operating systems. It’s also available free via the community licensing program for anyone …

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Setting up MPI and the Intel Trace Analyzer Collector

ITAC, short for “Intel Trace Analyzer and Collector,” is a tool for understanding MPI application behavior. The Trace Collector lets you collect statistics, and the Analyzer helps you analyze and visualize the collected data. In this article, I’ll explain how to get set up with ITAC and MPI. It’s one …

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Solve Problems via the Data Analytics Acceleration Library

Anytime you are faced with analysis of large data, you are faced with large issues. This was the motivation for Intel when it developed its Data Analytics Acceleration Library (DAAL). Developers can focus on business logic rather than reinventing the wheel. I have written about DAAL in previous blogs (“Getting …

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What Drives MPI Performance?

MPI, short for Message Passing Interface, is a specification for programming parallel computers using message-passing libraries. It details how to move data from the address space of one process to that of another in a cooperative manner. The most-recent version of the standard MPI 3.1 was released in June. It …

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Getting Up to Date With Fortran

One of the oldest high-level languages, Fortran (short for FORmula TRANslation) is still used today in numeric and high-performance computing. It’s been used in the HPC arena for more than 20 years, and it’s been 58 years since the delivery of the first Fortran compiler. There have been 10 updates …

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How to Analyze Data Analytics Acceleration Library

Most developers are faced with dealing and analyzing big data. That is because the amount of data for ordinary software tasks is huge. Examples of this are web server traffic logs, customer activity databases and collections of multimedia. Intel has developed its Data Analytics Acceleration Library (DAAL) to make the …

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Modernizing Your Code With C++ 11

Modernizing your C++ code is not something new. In fact, you can probably date it back to the turn of the century. My copy of “Modern C++ Design” by Andrei Alexandrescu has the year 2001 as its publication date. However, C++ 11 has a lot of great new features that …

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