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BIG Data Business Intelligence Peer Group Meeting

  • 23 Feb 2017
  • 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
  • Systemware Innovation 2300 Yonge Street Suite 1800, Toronto, ON Canada M4P 1E4
  • 5


  • Price is included in annual Membership fee.
  • Participation Upon Approval- please contact us (905)415-4558

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OpenCL and Big Data

A single CPU reached its limit of computational throughput over a decade ago, and as a response the technology industry was forced to shift to parallel processing.  Today processors are increasingly parallel, with increasing core counts, wider SIMD lanes, and more hardware threads.

Systems are also heterogeneous, so that a single workstation, server, or smartphone will contain extra processors such as GPUs and FPGAs alongside the primary CPU.  Despite the widespread availability of parallel and heterogeneous systems, they are seldom used in analytical workloads, and when they are, their use can be highly inefficient.  The vast majority of software developers are not aware of modern trends in parallel programming and heterogeneous computing, and there is a dire lack of talent to create next-generation analytical frameworks.  Join AJ Guillon as he discusses the contrast big data frameworks and the OpenCL standard, and motivate convergence in the data center.  Benchmarks will be demonstrated.

AJ Guillon is an invited expert to the OpenCL working group, and a Khronos member, since 2014.  He has worked extensively with OpenCL since its initial release in 2008, and contributed to OpenCL C++, OpenCL 2.1 and 2.2.


BIG Data Supporter


Matt Blakely is the Business Intelligence Practice Lead at SWI.  In this role and as a data architect, he provides mentorship and leadership to SWI project teams and clients in the areas of Big Data, Data Management and Business Intelligence.  Matt has extensive experience architecting, designing and implementing data driven solutions.  A key focus for Matt is assisting clients understand the best ways to leverage technology to achieve their vision and resolve their business issues.

Who Should Join the BIG Data Business Intelligence Peer Group at TechConnex?

This peer group will especially appeal to Business leaders, executives and managers, project managers, business architects & analysts throughout the GTA who have responsibility for BIG Data project assessment or implementation within client organizations or in their own fast-growth technology companies.

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