SAN JOSE, Calif. – Jan. 23, 2014 – Today Skytree®, the Machine Learning Company®, announces the addition of industry veterans Burke Kaltenberger as vice president of worldwide sales and Jin H. Kim as vice president of marketing. Kaltenberger will support Skytree’s mission of making high-performance machine learning technology available to the masses, while Kim brings his experience in enterprise software product development to direct the company’s external outreach. Read more
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Next week Hadoop World takes place in New York City. The big event follows on the heels of the official gold release last week of Apache Hadoop 2.0, which significantly overhauls the MapReduce programming model for processing large data sets with a parallel, distributed algorithm on a cluster.
Sitting on top of the Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS), YARN (Yet-Another-Resource-Negotiator) is meant to perform as a large-scale, distributed operating system for big data applications. Multiple apps can now run at the same time in Hadoop, with the global ResourceManager and NodeManager providing a generic system for managing the applications in a distributed way.
Among the YARN-ready applications is Apache Giraph, an iterative graph processing system built for high scalability – and the programming framework that helps Facebook with its Graph Search service of connections across friends, subscriptions, and so on, providing the means for it to express a wide range of graph algorithms in a simple way and scale them to massive datasets. Facebook explained in a post in August that it had modified and used Giraph to analyze a trillion edges, or connections between different entities, in under four minutes.
Earlier this month The Semantic Web Blog provided a look at Skytree’s machine learning-as-a-platform approach (see story here). This week, the vendor launched in limited beta a program to help businesses partner up their data scientists and analytics professionals with its software and data scientists. It’s dubbed Second Opinion, and The Semantic Web Blog conducted an email interview with co-founder and CEO Martin Hack about the new effort.
Semantic Web Blog: Is this service available only to existing customers?
Hack: Skytree Second Opinion is for both existing and new customers, essentially everyone interested in gaining firsthand experience with the power of machine learning, and how advanced analytics can give them greater insight into their data.
What’s the advantage of looking at machine learning from the platform perspective? Breadth and depth, says Skytree co-founder and CEO Martin Hack. In contrast to a single point algorithm that learns about one thing really well for a particular need as it goes about analyzing more and more Big Data sets, Skytree takes the tack that there’s a whole universe of algorithms and methods that can be applied to support a variety of use cases.
The company is a startup, closing a Series A funding round this spring to the tune of $18 million. Skytree’s algorithms are available in different packages for application across industries, or even to fit different needs within the same industry or company. The six biggest machine learning use cases across industries, Hack says, are classification, regression, clustering, entity estimation, dimension reduction and multidimensional querying, and those six tasks, individually or in combination, provide the foundation for performing advanced analytics such as outlier detection or value prediction, among others, that are applicable to various scenarios. “Outlier detection could be used in trying to detect fraud or to find terrorists,” he says. “It’s virtually the same platform. The data changes and the output changes, but the computation part is the same.”
Don Clark of the Wall Street Journal writes, “Big data has become one of tech’s biggest buzz phrases, despite varying definitions about what it really is. But the financial bets being placed are pretty substantial, with Skytree emerging as the latest example. The Silicon Valley startup on Tuesday is announcing it has raised $18 million in Series A funding, a fairly hefty amount these days for an early-stage software company with less than 20 employees. U.S. Venture Partners, a venerable name in the venture-capital world, led the round. Scott McNealy, the former chief executive of Sun Microsystems, is also participating.” Read more