The Fifth Elephant 2015

A conference on data, machine learning, and distributed and parallel computing

Machine Learning, Distributed and Parallel Computing, and High-performance Computing are the themes for this year’s edition of Fifth Elephant.

The deadline for submitting a proposal is 15th June 2015

We are looking for talks and workshops from academics and practitioners who are in the business of making sense of data, big and small.

Track 1: Discovering Insights and Driving Decisions

This track is about general, novel, fundamental, and advanced techniques for making sense of data and driving decisions from data. This could encompass applications of the following ML paradigms:

  • Statistical Visualizations
  • Unsupervised Learning
  • Supervised Learning
  • Semi-Supervised Learning
  • Active Learning
  • Reinforcement Learning
  • Monte-carlo techniques and probabilistic programming
  • Deep Learning

Across various data modalities including multi-variate, text, speech, time series, images, video, transactions, etc.

Track 2: Speed at Scale

This track is about tools and processes for collecting, indexing, and processing vast amounts of data. The theme includes:

  • Distributed and Parallel Computing
  • Real Time Analytics and Stream Processing
  • MapReduce and Graph Computing frameworks
  • Kafka, Spark, Hadoop, MPI
  • Stories of parallelizing sequential programs
  • Cost/Security/Disaster Management of Data

Commitment to Open Source

HasGeek believes in open source as the binding force of our community. If you are describing a codebase for developers to work with, we’d like it to be available under a permissive open source license. If your software is commercially licensed or available under a combination of commercial and restrictive open source licenses (such as the various forms of the GPL), please consider picking up a sponsorship. We recognize that there are valid reasons for commercial licensing, but ask that you support us in return for giving you an audience. Your session will be marked on the schedule as a sponsored session.

Workshops

If you are interested in conducting a hands-on session on any of the topics falling under the themes of the two tracks described above, please submit a proposal under the workshops section. We also need you to tell us about your past experience in teaching and/or conducting workshops.

Hosted by

The Fifth Elephant - known as one of the best data science and Machine Learning conference in Asia - has transitioned into a year-round forum for conversations about data and ML engineering; data science in production; data security and privacy practices. more

Reetinder Sidhu

@sidhu1f

Hardware Accelerated Big Data Processing

Submitted Jun 15, 2015

Expect attendees to obtain:

  • Clear understanding of FPGAs (Field Programmable Gate Arrays), and their pros/cons over software on microprocessors for big data
  • Better understanding of suitability of FPGAs for attendees’ own big data applications
  • Overview of state of the art in FPGA based big data processing

Outline

Use of FPGAs (Field Programmable Gate Arrays) for big data processing has recently started rising:

  • Intel Buying [FPGA] Chipmaker Altera For $16.7 Billion (Forbes, 1-6-15)
  • Microsoft Supercharges Bing Search with [FPGA] Programmable Chips (Wired, 6-16-14)

Whats the big deal? Proposed talk aims to elucidate. Outline:

  • Quick, intuitive, technical introduction to FPGAs and their key benefits over software for big data
  • Computation structures that are useful for big data processing and can be efficiently implemented on FPGAs
  • Pros/cons, challenges/opportunities in FPGA use for big data
  • Concrete use-case of FPGA accelerated XML data processing using novel tree automata based compact implementation that is multiple times faster than a Xeon processor

Speaker bio

Reetinder Sidhu currently leads project LEAP (Logic Engines for Accelerated Processing) in Tech Mahindra’s Intrapreneurship Program. He has a PhD (EE, FPGA area) from University of Southern California and an MS (computer engg.) from Indian Institute of Science.

He is an active FOSS user and enthusiast since the days Linux came on floppies and installing gcc involved compiling the compiler…

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Hosted by

The Fifth Elephant - known as one of the best data science and Machine Learning conference in Asia - has transitioned into a year-round forum for conversations about data and ML engineering; data science in production; data security and privacy practices. more