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UT-Austin Supercomputing Center Scales Big Data

Research Insighter Podcast: Academic Lab Makes Big Data Analytics/Visualization Manageable

By Marc Dresner, IIR

‘Everything’s bigger in Texas’ ain’t just some old saw; not when it comes to Big Data. No, think chainsaw on steroids.

The Texas Advanced Computing Center at the University of Texas-Austin in its first six months of work on the public-private smart grid cooperative dubbed the ‘Pecan Street Project’ has successfully managed and analyzed energy consumption data from 100 wired homes collected at 15-second intervals’resulting in more than two billion records.

And they’ve got much bigger plans: more HHs, more data streams’no problem.

Someday probably not too far away, Paul Navratil predicts this research will result in energy efficient smart appliances’washing machines that switch on off-peak when juice is cheap, for example.

And true to his job title, the Scalable Visualization Technologies Group Research Associate & Manager also has a 12-megapixel touch display’basically the world’s largest iPad’at his disposal to make visual sense of the mountains of data being analyzed.

In this episode of the Research Insighter podcast interview series, Navratil outlines the ambitious Pecan Street Project and discusses its implications for market researchers trying not to drown in data.

Listen to this episode of the Research Insighter here.

Download a transcript of our interview here.

Editor’s note: The Research Insighter is brought to you by The Market Research Technology Event‘a unique forum dedicated to the exploration and promotion of technological innovations in consumer and market research and business intelligence’taking place April 30 thru May 2 in Las Vegas.

For more information or to register, please visit www.iirusa.com/technology


The Research Insighter is a special interview series delivering the insight scoop on the world of consumer and market intelligence from experts and leaders in the field. Each episode explores the trends, technologies and drivers shaping the world of research today.


Marc Dresner is an IIR USA communication lead specializing in audience engagement. He is the former executive editor of Research Business Report, a confidential newsletter for the market research industry. He may be reached at mdresner@iirusa.com. Follow him @mdrezz.

Paul Navratil Talks Data Deluge, Visualization and Analytics at The Market Research Technology Event

“Through our technologies we have access to a tremendous amount of information about how our products are operating. But when it comes to applying that data, the big challenges are building the trust among the parties that need to believe in that data – and finding a way to use it to tell the story. We need to make sure it’s visually compelling…” – Digiday, February 2012

Join us at The Market Research Technology Event as Visualization Scientist, Dr. Paul A. Navratil, Ph.D., and Manager of Visualization Software at Texas Advanced Computing Center, talks about data visualization and analysis and how the so-called “data deluge” can overwhelm traditional analysis methods. He will be presenting ‘Sailing the Data Deluge ‘ Advanced Computing for Information Visualization and Analysis’ on Wednesday, May 2.

For more information on his presentation and the rest of the program, download the brochure.

In preparation for the event, TMRTE’s Marc Dresner sat down with Dr. Navratil and discussed some of his recent work and his views on the current trend in big data visualization.

Download the MP3 here.
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