The New Kid on the Block: GPU-Accelerated Big Data Analytics

10270 By Rong Zhou, Senior Researcher and Area Manager, PARC With open-source big data frameworks such as Apache Hadoop and Spark in the spotlight, most people are probably unfamiliar with the concept of using GPUs (graphics processing units) in either big data or analytics-rich applications. 9 out of 10 cases, the acronym is mentioned in the context of display hardware, video games, or how supercomputers can be built these days. For serious IT managers or data scientists, GPUs may seem too exotic to be the hardware of choice for big data infrastructure. While we see challenges ahead, there are however a few major misconceptions about GPUs that can use some clarification. In a nutshell, we believe most (if not all) of the analytics needs in big data can be met…


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