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March 03, 2014

Taming the Data Speaker Series Welcomes Flavio Villanustre

Please join us on Friday, March 7th at 9:30 a.m. in room 3211 in Engineering Building 2 (EB2) for the Taming the Data Invited-speaker Series at NC State University.  Flavio Villanustre, Vice President of Technology Architecture and Product for LexisNexis, is the featured speaker.  The title of his talk is “Solving Big Data Problems with the Open Source HPCC Systems Platform.”
Abstract:  HPCC (High Performance Computing Cluster) Systems from LexisNexis is an open source massive parallel-processing computing platform that solves Big Data problems. Included in the platform is an extensible set of fully parallel Machine Learning and Matrix processing algorithms to assist with business intelligence; covering supervised and unsupervised learning, document and text analysis, statistics and probabilities, and general inductive inference related problems. ECL, the high level declarative data oriented programming language used with the HPCC Systems platform along with the associated Machine Learning toolkit, offer effortless linear scalability across entire clusters. A set of fully parallel linear algebra operations, written in ECL, provides extensibility, allowing for the quick implementation of new high-level algorithms. Flavio will present an overview of the existing capabilities and algorithms of the HPCC Systems platform and ECL language and share our latest developments in distributed machine learning and how to leverage the most appropriate algorithms to quickly extract knowledge from big data to help make critical decisions. Q&A and open discussion to follow.
About the speaker: Dr. Flavio Villanustre is the Vice President of Technology Architecture and Product for LexisNexis and leads HPCC Systems. In this position, Villanustre is responsible for Information and Physical Security, overall infrastructure strategy and new product development. Prior to 2001, Villanustre served in different companies in a variety of roles in infrastructure, information security and information technology. In addition, he has been involved with the open source community for over 15 years through multiple initiatives. Some of these include founding the first Linux User Group in Buenos Aires (BALUG) in 1994, releasing several pieces of software under different open source licenses, and evangelizing open source to different audiences through conferences, training and education. Prior to his technology career, Villanustre was a neurosurgeon.
This invited-speaker series has been made possible thanks to generous support from Cisco, EMC, Informatica, SAS, the NC State Computer Science ePartners Program and the NC State Engineering Foundation.
The event is free and open to the public.  For more information about the talk, click here.
Directions to Centennial Campus and parking information can be found here.

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