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The Download: Tech Talks by the HPCC Systems Community, Episode 12

Join us as we continue this series of webinars specifically designed for the community by the community with the goal to share knowledge, spark innovation and further build and link the relationships within our HPCC Systems community.

Episode 12 includes Tech Talks featuring speakers from our community on topics covering exploratory data analysis, geospatial solutions and ECL Tips leveraging the HPCC Systems platform.


1) Itauma Itauma, PhD Candidate, Keiser University - Conducting exploratory data analysis in educational research using HPCC Systems®

2) Ignacio Calvo, LexisNexis Risk Solutions - Big Data and Geospatial with HPCC Systems®

3) Bob Foreman, Senior Software Engineer, HPCC Systems, LexisNexis Risk Solutions - ECL Tip of the Month
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    3LOQ recently partnered with a leading Indian banking institution to increase adoption of their digital channels. The project yielded impressive results for the client, including a:

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    Join us as we continue this series of webinars specifically designed for the community by the community with the goal to share knowledge, spark innovation and further build and link the relationships within our HPCC Systems community.

    Episode 12 includes Tech Talks featuring speakers from our community on topics covering exploratory data analysis, geospatial solutions and ECL Tips leveraging the HPCC Systems platform.


    1) Itauma Itauma, PhD Candidate, Keiser University - Conducting exploratory data analysis in educational research using HPCC Systems®

    2) Ignacio Calvo, LexisNexis Risk Solutions - Big Data and Geospatial with HPCC Systems®

    3) Bob Foreman, Senior Software Engineer, HPCC Systems, LexisNexis Risk Solutions - ECL Tip of the Month
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    Over 4,000 U.S. workers die on the job every year. While new wearable technologies are aggressively entering consumer applications, industrial safety equipment has not seen a fundamental innovation in the last decade.

    Join us to learn how Guardhat CTO Anupam Sengupta and Guardhat use open source big data technology to address this issue with its “smart hard hat ecosystem”, an industrial wearable that uses IoT and wireless communications systems to protect and empower industrial workers.

    In this webcast, Flavio will give an overview of the completely free, open source HPCC Systems big data platform.

    Anupam will share how Guardhat leveraged this platform to:
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    Episode 10 will kick off our first Tech Talk in 2018 and includes 15 minute Tech Talks featuring speakers from the community:

    1) Chris Gropp, PhD candidate, Clemson University - Asking the Right Questions with Machine Learning

    The HPCC Systems Machine Learning Library contains a number of powerful tools, but it is important to use them properly. Chris will discuss how to ask the right questions by taking a step backwards from the methods themselves and examining the requirements defined by the applications.

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    Arjuna Chala, Sr. Director of Special Projects for the HPCC Systems
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    Even though Apache Spark and HPCC Systems Thor can be thought of as complementary, there is interest in comparing their performance with data analytics-related benchmarks, specifically transformation, cleaning, normalization, and aggregation. Join us to hear how HPCC Systems Thor's performance compares to Apache Spark utilizing standard benchmarking methodologies.

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    Featured speakers and topics include:

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    Episode 6 will include 15 minute Tech Talks from our HPCC Systems summer interns. Come hear the cool projects they have been working on!

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    Lily Xu - PhD student of Computer Science at Clemson University, USA
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    Vivek Nair - PhD student of Computer Science North Carolina State University, USA
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    George Mathew - PhD student of Computer Science at North Carolina State University, USA
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    Flavio Villanustre
    This series of workshops is specifically designed for the community by the community with the goal to share knowledge, spark innovation and further build and link the relationships within our HPCC Systems community.

    Our featured speakers and topics include:

    1. Jeff Bradshaw, CTO, Adaptris - Interlok Deep Dive

    In this talk, Jeff will explain how Interlok is used within the HPCC Systems platform, specifically the Thor component, and developing entity models for delivering data insights.

    2. Jon Burger, Sr Architect, LexisNexis Risk Solutions - Hive360, Cloud Ported HPCC Systems Platform

    HPCC Systems is excited to announce the creation of the Hive360 & Swarm360 stacks. Hive360 and its companion Swarm360 are a set of AWS cloud formation scripts designed to easily create a scalable, self-configuring, self-healing, on-demand HPCC platform within an existing AWS VPC. This talk will introduce you to Hive360 and its components, give a brief demonstration of the process and answer any questions you have about this technology.

    3. Rodrigo Pastrana, Software Architect, LexisNexis Risk Solutions - SQL on HPCC Systems

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    This session will showcase an “ECL Tip of the Month”, presented by one of our ECL instructors, Bob Foreman. The tip will usually be something interesting that was posted on our HPCC Systems Support Forums, or a cool teaching example found in one of our many ECL classes.
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    Our featured speakers and topics include:

    Gordon Smith, Lead Architect, LexisNexis Risk Solutions - “Visualizer” – the ECL Bundle
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    Jessica Lorti, Director Marketing, LexisNexis Risk Solutions - HPCC Systems Marketing & Web Site Update
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    This series of workshops is specifically designed for the community by the community with the goal to share knowledge, spark innovation and further build and link the relationships within our HPCC Systems community.

    1. Joselito (Joey) Chua , PhD, Manager Software Engineer, Optimal Decisions Group - Prescriptive Analytics - a Software Engineering Perspective

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    3. Michael Gardner, Software Engineer II, LexisNexis Risk Solutions - HPCC Systems Platform: Java APIs and tools

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    4. Bob Foreman, Senior Software Engineer, HPCC Systems, LexisNexis Risk Solutions - In Search of the Lost Tutorial – the best ECL lesson you have never seen.

    In this presentation, Bob will explore David Bayliss’ ECL Bible Tutorial, with particular focus on the GRAPH function and building the inverted index for the ROXIE search.
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    The purpose of the workshop will be to share knowledge, spark innovation and further build and link the relationships within our HPCC Systems community.

    1. Fujio Turner, Solutions Architect, Couchbase - Mobile/IoT & HPCC Systems

    ​Fujio will discuss the challenges around IoT and address the following questions:

    As there are more mobile and embedded devices all generating more data, what does that mean now and for the future?
    What has to change in an organization's infrastructure to keep up?
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    2. Jacob Pellock, Sr Director Software Engineering, LexisNexis - Operationalizing jobs on Thor utilizing Python, Git and HPCC Systems client tools - Part I

    So you’ve setup your HPCC Systems cluster and you’ve written your ECL code. Now you want to take the ECL you’ve written into production. Jacob will explain what technologies we’ve leveraged in bringing our LexisNexis data warehouse into production.

    3. Roger Dev, Sr Architect, LexisNexis - Basic Linear Algebra Subsystem (BLAS) and Parallel Block BLAS (PBBlas) libraries for HPCC Systems.

    Manipulation of matrix data via Linear Algebra operations lies at the heart of many data-mining and machine-learning techniques. New modules for HPCC provide highly scalable and performant implementations of these operations. BLAS provides an industry-standardized set of highly-optimized linear algebra operations. PBBlas extends these operations to mega-scale, splitting the operations into parallelizable units that can be balanced across an HPCC cluster. This talk provides an introduction to BLAS, describes the techniques and features of PBBlas, and provides an overview of the PBBlas interface.

    4. Richard Taylor, Chief Trainer, HPCC Systems - HPCC Systems Training: Updates and Deep Dives on Cool Code

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  • The Download: Tech Talks by the HPCC Systems Community, Episode 1 Recorded: Jan 12 2017 66 mins
    Flavio Villanustre, Anirudh Shah, Allan Wrobel, Lorraine Chapman
    Introducing The Download: Tech Talks by the HPCC Systems community!

    We had a great lineup of speakers for our first Tech Talk on January 12:

    Flavio Villanustre, VP Technology, LexisNexis
    Anirudh Shah, Co-Founder, 3Loq
    Allan Wrobel, Sr Software Engineer, LexisNexis
    Lorraine Chapman, Consulting Business Analyst, HPCC Systems
    Detailed Agenda - Watch Recording

    Flavio Villanustre, VP Technology, LexisNexis
    Welcome and HPCC Systems Update

    Anirudh Shah, Co-Founder, 3Loq
    How we use HPCC Systems to process more than 500 monthly marketing campaigns at the largest private bank in India across the banks entire portfolio.
    Our experience with HPCC Systems in production
    Automation and data sanity frameworks

    Allan Wrobel, Senior Engineer, LexisNexis
    Making full use of Superfiles to make order of magnitude improvements to build times on THOR. (plus fringe benefits)
    Thor is well known for making short the processing of billions of records, and this promotes the tendency to use brute force in its deployment. Watch how the UK managed to implement efficiency over brute force to reduce the processing time for a daily build of a billion record ingest file from 12 hours, to 2 hours, and enabled further speed increases in other processes.

    Lorraine Chapman, Consulting Business Analyst, HPCC Systems
    In 2015, HPCC Systems was an accepted organization for Google Summer of Code (GSoC) taking on 2 students involved in this program. However, we had the bandwidth to support more students and so the HPCC Systems summer internship program was born. Four students joined the program in 2015 and four more in 2016. We will apply for GSoC and run our intern program again in 2017. Hear how the programs work, how projects are identified and find out about student successes on these programs.
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