Peter Denning - Data Sciences
Peter J. Denning
Chair, Department of Computer Science
Director, Cebrowski Institute
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The first picture is the IBM Blue Gene/P supercomputer at Argonne Labs. It holds 250,000 processors in 72 cabinets connected by an optical network. It can perform around 1015 operations per second - a million times faster than the chip in your smartphone. It can solve giant mathematical models and can mine very large data sets for faint connections.
The second picture is an Internet connection graph showing connections and their densities between sites. It is also a supercomputer connecting a billion machines and several billion people.
Although a transition is underway, the organic system is not replacing the machine. It is a new system built on machines, mobile devices, their connections, and their interactions with humans. The network of machines is the infrastructure supporting the organic system.
The phenomenon we call Big Data is happening as part of the transition from the world of machines at the left to the world of organism at the right.