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How the Large Hadron Collider Will Bring the Internet to Everything




21 June 2013 – When the Large Hadron Collider went online in 2009, most scientists saw it as an unprecedented opportunity to conduct experiments involving the building blocks of the physical world. But to Stanislav Shalunov, a networking engineer, it looked like a whole new kind of Big Data problem.

A few years before the LHC went live, Shalunov worked on Internet 2, an experimental network that connects universities and research organizations. Given the amount of data the Collider would be spitting out — about 10 Gigabits per second, to 70 academic institutions — he knew that the LHC it was likely to clog up the Internet 2 network. So Shalunov developed a networking protocol designed to relieve the congestion that was sure to come. “This was an amount of traffic that neither the networks nor the transport protocols at the time were really prepared to cope with,” Shalunov remembers.

He didn’t realize it at the time, but by solving the Large Hadron Collider data-pumping problem, Shalunov also was helping fix a big problem for peer-to-peer … Read more

Financial markets and “Big Data” crashs: “reckless behavior” replaces “market manipulation” as the standard for prosecuting misbehavior

Swirling 0s and 1s


29 May 2013 – Most of us have been following the regulators’ struggle to meet the challenges posed by high-frequency trading (for an excellent infographic on HFT click here). This ultra-fast, computerized segment of finance now accounts for most trades. HFT also contributed to that infamous “flash crash”  back in 2010, the sudden, vertiginous fall in the Dow Jones Industrial Average. However, the HFT of today is very different from that of three years ago. This is because of … yep … our “new new” friend “Big data”. And financial markets are notorious producers of big data: trades, quotes, earnings statements, consumer research reports, official statistical releases, polls, news articles, etc.

Companies that have relied on the first generation of HFT, where unsophisticated “speed exploits” price discrepancies, have had a tough few years. Profits from ultra-fast trading firms were 74 per cent lower in 2012 compared with 2009, according to Rosenblatt Securities which tracks this sort of information for its institutional clients.

NOTE:  In the hacking world an “exploit” is a piece of software, a chunk of data, Read more

Cloud computing, data centers, telecom, cloudonomics and more: The 451 Group explains it all

21 September 2011 —  Our world is awash with data and it’s growing at a phenomenal rate, in large part due to the number of connected, intelligent devices in our world. As noted recently, intelligent systems number over 1.8 billion units and over $1 trillion in revenue today – predicted to grow to nearly 4 billion units and over $2 trillion in revenue by 2015.

And now we contend with “the cloud” which represents an offloading of data from external hard drives and their ilk to online storage systems powered by some sort of cloud architecture.  And as LTE and other wireless data methodologies become more prevalent, more powerful, so too will we be happy with even more data living off our devices than on it.

And business.   Tablets and mobile apps have proven similarly popular with sales people, medical professionals and almost anyone whose work involves toting around paper documents.   Executives covet them so much they are increasingly adding clauses to employment contracts that ensure they get to keep their tablets if they lose their jobs.

And let’s look

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