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January 19, 2016

LexisNexis Risk Solutions Supports Freeh’s HPCC Systems Research

Dr. Vincent Freeh, associate professor of computer science at NC State University, has been awarded $110,000 in unrestricted funds by LexisNexis Risk Solutions to support the research on two of his projects using HPCC Systems.  The projects and abstracts are below:
“Elastic Computing Support for HPCC Systems”
Abstract:  This research proposes to add elasticity to a Roxie cluster deployed in Amazon Web Services (AWS).  Because the cluster capacity can grow and shrink with dynamic demand, an elastic cluster is properly sized. Elasticity is preferred to a statically-sized cluster that under utilizes resources during light demand and fails to meet service during peak demand. This research creates mechanisms to efficiently expand and contract an active Roxie cluster. It tracks load to identify hot spots in order to support targeted replication that leads to greater efficiencies. The project seeks to determine the predictability of demand, to quantify the cost/benefit of replication, and to optimize AWS configuration.
“Football Analytics in HPCC Systems
Abstract:  Even though HPCC Systems is demonstrably superior to Hadoop, it has much less mindshare. This will change if people see and use HPCC Systems. We propose to create an online analytics tool built in HPCC Systems around football. The portal will promote HPCC Systems in at least two ways. First, a public interface answers elaborate queries for anonymous user. This shows off the power of the tool. Second, collaborative users will be able to experiment with data, creating their own queries and investigations.
For more information on Dr. Freeh, click here.


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