"One Part Moneyball - Two Parts Netflix: The
Big Data Approach to Baseball Analytics"
Vince Gennaro, President, Society for American
Baseball Research (SABR)
Vince Gennaro's talk will focus on how advanced
computing technologies and innovative analytic applications are
revolutionizing the way baseball teams operate. The perfect storm
of new technologies, massive, low-cost storage, and an explosion of
available data are the impetus for this dynamic change in today's
sports industry. Since Moneyball was published in 2003, we have
seen a fifty-fold increase in the amount of baseball data
available. As revolutionary as Moneyball was, the story chronicled
the analysis of the Oakland A's, at a time when they operated with
only 2% of the data available today. What are some innovative
examples of use cases that are on today's leading edge? What are
the computing challenges they are they facing, and how might these
challenges give enterprises embarking on the advanced computing
path a roadmap for their own future?
Vince Gennaro is the president of the Society
for American Baseball Research (SABR) and the Director of the
Graduate Sports Management Program at Columbia University, where he
is also a faculty member. He is also a consultant to professional
sports teams and one of the leading practitioners in rapidly
growing field of sports analytics. This follows a 20-year career at
PepsiCo, where he was President of a billion dollar division.
Earlier in his career he owned and operated a pro sports
"HPC - Turning Big Data Into Deep
Ren Wu, Distinguished Scientist, Baidu
The rise of the internet, especially
mobile internet, has accelerated the data explosion. Big data is a
driving force for the great success of deep learning in recent
years. Behind the scenes however, the heterogeneous
high-performance computing is another key enabler of that success.
In this talk, Dr. Ren Wu, distinguished scientist at Baidu
Research, will share some of work he and his team have been doing
at Baidu. He will highlight how big data, deep analytics and
high-performance heterogeneous computing can work together with
great success. Often cited as the "Google of Asia", Baidu's
operations require both massive, hyperscale web servers as well as
more sophisticated high performance computing
In his years managing cutting-edge R&D to
blend both of those worlds, Dr. Ren Wu has specialized in making
HPC investments to improve Baidu's ability to deliver unprecedented
services (some of which he'll highlight in this talk) and seeing
the direct ROI of investing the time and resources into
technologies that sit at the edge of high-end technology.
"The Fusion of Supercomputing and Big
Peter Ungaro, CEO, Cray Inc.
The explosion of available data along
with advances in supercomputing, big data and analytics are
changing the computing landscape. Supercomputing has been about
getting the highest performance and most realistic simulations
possible on "basketball court-sized" tightly integrated systems for
scalability and usability. Large Scale data analytics is about
getting knowledge out of immense amounts of data on
"warehouse-sized", low-cost commodity and cloud-based systems. In
this talk, we will examine whether the technologies and systems
used to solve these problems are diverging or converging over time
and how changes in system architecture and a more holistic approach
can change the game for how companies process data and discover new
insights in the future.
Peter Ungaro serves as President and Chief
Executive Officer of Cray, Inc.
"Using HPC Methodologies to Maximize Value
and Profits in Enterprise Big Data"
Paul Bloch, President & Co-founder,
The overlap of Traditional and
Enterprise HPC has always been fertile ground for innovation. In
the past few years however, the recognized business value of HPC
technology in the Enterprise has been rapidly accelerating as it is
used to deliver competitive advantage in a wide range of
business-to-business and consumer markets where traditional
Enterprise infrastructure cannot. Top commercial entities in
markets like Manufacturing, Oil and Gas, Life Sciences and
Financial Services know that the speed of time to market, and
accelerated time to results, help them differentiate in a very
competitive market. Many have brought HPC in-house on a permanent
basis for Big Data analytics, Cloud Storage and content
collaboration. In this talk we will highlight some shining examples
of HPC/Enterprise cooperation and look at how some Enterprise
players are leading the Commercial HPC revolution.
Paul Bloch serves as President and is a
Co-founder of DataDirect Networks..