The Birmingham Big Data Science Group (BIDS) aims to provide a forum for discussion of the latest tools and techniques in the area of Big Data. We cover technologies such as:
1. Google and Apache Foundation's pioneering efforts in large-scale distributed computing such as MapReduce and the Hadoop framework, Mahout, Percolator, Microsoft's Dryad/DryadLINQ, and any upcoming new frameworks,
2. NoSQL and NewSQL data store efforts such as Cassandra (Facebook/DataStrax), Hbase (Google BigTable), Megastore, Dynamo/SimpleDB (Amazon.com), Washington's Comet, and TokuTek amongst others,
3. Intelligent web/machine learning algorithms such as recommendation systems (made popular by Amazon.com) and clustering algorithms. This also includes web mining, search and information retrieval techniques and tools such as Nutch, Lucene, PageRank and semantic search algorithms.
4. Platforms for querying and analyzing large datasets such as Pig, Pregel, Dremel, and others.
We are passionate software engineers who want to promote and further our knowledge of the latest and greatest in Big Data. As long time residents of Birmingham, Alabama we want to increase awareness of these technologies in the area, disseminate what we know and learn from others at the same time. Many of the world’s leading technology companies and startups have taken advantage of these cutting edge technologies to gain a competitive advantage in the highly competitive software industry. We aspire to make Birmingham a leader in these technologies.
We have regularly scheduled local user group meetings, and also have plans to have invited talks and demos by some of the leaders in this area. If you are interested in these technologies please join us!
We are also on LinkedIn and Facebook.
Welcome to Birmingham Big Data Science Group!
July 11, 2012 · 6:00 PM
Barry Ralston from HP Vertica speaking on Big Data
Barry Ralston from HP Vertica will speak in the Birmingham area on July 11 at 6pm.
The presentation will be on the Vertica product and how to use Vertica with Apache Hadoop.
February 8, 2012 · 6:00 PM
Invited talk: Extending Your Data Infrastructure with Hadoop
I hope you all had a great holiday season. We will be starting off the 2012 series of meetups by an invited presentation by Jonathan Seidman of Cloudera... Learn more
December 7, 2011 · 6:00 PM
Invited talk: Scalability and Availability in Hyper-Growth Mode
Mike Fisher, former VP of Engineering at Paypal and currently at AKF Parners, will give a remote talk to us on strategies for achieving scalability and high availabilty... Learn more
October 19, 2011 · 6:30 PM
Invited talk: Hadoop Overview & M/R Tutorial
Continuing our series of invited talks from Big Data experts, for the October meetup we will have one of the worlds leading Big Data/Hadoop contributor Konstantin... Learn more
September 14, 2011 · 6:30 PM
Invited talk: Amazon Elastic Map Reduce (EMR) for Startups
We are resuming our Fall meetups with a series of invited talks. Please note the new location!
For the September meetup, Sujee Maniyam will be talking to us from... Learn more