Scientists are trying to understand dark matter, discover distant galaxies, hunt for the Higgs boson, detect asteroids, and take movies of molecules. Their science is fascinating, their data sizes are enormous, and their analysis requirements may seem like science fiction. Few have experienced the reality of petascale analytics so far, but everybody, including you, will face it tomorrow. Are we ready?
Jacek Becla works with different scientific communities ranging from high energy physics, through astronomy to photon science, helping them use database technology for managing and analyzing their massive data sets. He was one of the key people that designed and built world’s largest database for BaBar, and he now leads the design of the 100 petabyte LSST database. He is actively trying to bridge the gap between science and industry. In 2007 he organized a successful workshop on Extremely Large Databases to stimulate collaboration between scientific and industrial users, database vendors and academia.
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