In-Memory Computing Brings Operational Intelligence to Business Challenges

In-Memory Computing Brings Operational Intelligence to Business Challenges

Every day, businesses face the challenge of analyzing and responding in the moment to fast-changing data, and the workloads are only getting larger. In diverse applications, including cable media, IoT, logistics, financial services, medical monitoring, and more, companies need “operational intelligence” – the ability to identify patterns and trends that impact competitiveness and then take immediate action. As legacy, database-centric software architectures have become increasingly overtaxed, in-memory computing (IMC) has stepped in to meet the need. This talk explores several use cases in which IMC techniques, both data-parallel and stream-oriented, have been applied to real-world applications and created breakthroughs in performance and scalability.

The uses cases in this talk cover more than a decade of experience in helping customers develop IMC applications. After reviewing the key architectural features for in-memory data grids (IMDGs), the talk discusses the challenges in using parallel query and the benefits in migrating to data-parallel analysis, such as MapReduce, with two examples in financial services (stock back-testing and rebalancing a hedge fund’s portfolio) and one in logistics (reconciling orders and inventory in real time). Next the talk describes the use of method invocations within an IMDG to supplement data-parallel analysis, with case studies in financial services (column-oriented analysis) and in cable media (viewer tracking).

The final part of the talk describes the evolution of IMC for use in stateful stream-processing and briefly describes the use of the “digital twin” model to implement applications and take advantage of the IMDG’s unique capabilities. Several examples in stream-processing are covered, including IoT, medical device monitoring, and ecommerce recommendations.

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ScaleOut Software, Inc.
Dr. William L. Bain founded ScaleOut Software in 2003 to develop in-memory data grid and in-memory computing products. As CEO, he has led the creation of numerous innovations for integrating data-parallel computing with in-memory data storage. Bill holds a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Rice University. Over a 38-year career focused on parallel computing, he has contributed to advancements at Bell Labs Research, Intel, and Microsoft, and holds several patents in computer architecture and distributed computing. Bill founded and ran three start-up companies prior to ScaleOut Software. The most recent, Valence Research, which developed and distributed Web load-balancing software, was acquired by Microsoft Corporation and is a key feature within the Windows Server operating system. As an investor and member of the screening committee for the Seattle-based Alliance of Angels, Bill is actively involved in entrepreneurship and the angel community. Bill has presented at the prior three IMCS conferences in San Francisco.
Recent talks presented by Bill Bain:
• In-Memory Computing Summit Amsterdam and San Francisco 2017: Stream Processing with In Memory Data Grids: Creating the Digital Twin
• DEVintersection Spring 2017: Supercomputing with Microsoft’s Task Parallel Library
• In-Memory Computing Summit 2016: Implementing User-Defined Data Structures in In-Memory Data Grids
• Database Month New York April 2016: Using Memory-Based NoSQL Data Structures to Eliminate the Network Bottleneck
• IBM POWER8 ISV Testimonial 2015: POWER8 and ScaleOut Software: In-memory computing for operational intelligence
• In-Memory Computing Summit 2015: Implementing Operational Intelligence Using In-Memory, Data-Parallel Computing
• Database Month New York May 2015: Using In-Memory, Data-Parallel Computing for Operational Intelligence
• Big Data Spain 2014: Real Time Analytics with MapReduce And In-Memory
• Strata+Hadoop World 2014: Using Operational Intelligence to Track 10M Cable TV Viewers in Real Time
URLs of previous presentations:
• In-Memory Computing Summit Amsterdam 2017:…
• In-Memory Computing Summit 2016:… • Database Month New York April 2016:,
• IBM POWER8 ISV Testimonial 2015:
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• Database Month New York May 2015:,
• Big Data Spain 2014:
• Strata + Hadoop 2014:…,

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