Let's Talk about Big Data

24/05/2018 - 18:45

Venue: Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), Filton Road, Bristol BS34 8QZ map
plenty of parking available

Speakers: David Standingford & Dr Luke Kreczko

6.45pm Refreshments
7.15pm Main Talk

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The experiments in the High Energy Particle Physics (HEP) community, with the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) experiments in particular, produce vast amounts of data every year. However, only a small fraction of this data, in the order of tens of petabytes, can be stored.

Luke Kreczko's presentation aims to summarise the flow of data from experiment to physicist as well as the supporting computing infrastructure. We will briefly discuss the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) experiment and its data reduction systems, the Worldwide LHC Computing Grid, and future challenges in this sector.

David Standingford will talk about big data in the world of simulation and modelling in engineering.

Big Data seems to be everywhere! The large number of freely available toolsets, hardware SDKs and open-source libraries implementing many of the standard AI / machine learning algorithms are a testimony to the prevalence of data, largely enabled by online services, web connectivity for B2B applications and of course our willingness to share huge amounts of personal data via social media. At CFMS and Zenotech, our interest is in the use of advanced IT technology to enable powerful new modelling and simulation capabilities for engineering, and here the processing of big data is relatively less advanced. In this talk, David will present some examples drawn from renewables and cloud-based engineering services, that demonstrate the power and potential of big data processing in non-standard applications, and, critically, where they are enablers for the next generation of IT tools for high value design and manufacturing.

Dr Luke KreczkoLuke Kreczko is a Research Associate in the particle physics group at the University of Bristol. Currently he spends his time on precision measurements and trigger studies at the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) experiment at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), simulation and software development at the Lux-Zeplin experiment, and maintenance of the Bristol Tier 2 computing site. As a passionate physicist and technologist he is part of an effort to modernise the way petabytes worth of physics data are analysed.

David StandingfordDavid Standingford is a technology leader and manager with experience in the UK, Australia and the USA. Prior to co-founding Zenotech Ltd, Standingford worked as a lecturer in mathematics and fluid dynamics at the University of Adelaide, as a postdoctoral researcher on the NASA Microgravity Programme at the University of Delaware, and most recently at BAE Systems Advanced Technology Centre as the Theme Technology Leader for Design and Materials Technology, responsible for Computational Engineering, IT Strategy, Materials Science and Stealth. Standingford is a Lead Technolgist at the Centre for Modelling and Simulation (CFMS) and is the Chairman of the ERCOFTAC Knowledge Network Committee (KNC).