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Computational Research in Boston and Beyond (CRIBB)

We have been invited to attend the Computational Research in Boston and Beyond Seminar at MIT happening noon in Building 66, Room 168.  This should be a fascinating discussion and we invite all BSE members to attend.

Pizza and beverages will be provided.






Developer of the Unicage Shell­ Based Data Analytics Framework President and CEO ­ Universal Shell Programming Laboratory Ltd.

Talk Title:  How to Analyze 50 Billion Records in Less than a Second without Hadoop or Big Iron

Today if you  need  to  perform  complex analytics on  datasets of tens to  hundreds of billions of records  in  a reasonable amount of time,  you  either  need to  set  up  a  very  large  Hadoop  cluster or use  expensive  big  iron.  Not only  does  this increase the  cost of your  project,  but  it  also  slows  you  down  significantly  both  in  the  programming phase  and  in  the execution phase.

Nobuaki Tounaka is visiting us from Japan in  order to explain the Unicage framework together with live demonstrations. Unicage  is  a  complete  high­performance  data  analytics  package  implemented  entirely  in  a Unix  shell.  It consists of a customized shell called the Unicage Shell (ush) based on the Bourne shell but with much more robust el.Tor handling and better pipelining performance. It also  includes over 200 Unicage Commands that implement the database and  analytics functionality.  Alongside  traditional  SQL  equivalent  commands  it  also  provides  import/export,  data  formatting  and  a complete  set  of statistical  tools  based  on  "R".  However,  all  of these  commands  have  been  optimized  for  high performance and compiled to take maximum advantage of system resources.

Unicage is  fully  consistent with the Unix philosophy; all  programs are written  in  shell script so they are extremely easy and fast to develop, making ad­hoc analysis from  the  command line a reality. Unicage's clustering technology (BOA ­BigData Oriented Architecture) scales linearly using the "Bubun File System" developed by USP Lab, and therefore does not suffer the diminishing performance at scale due to overhead of other cluster technologies such  as Hadoop. Unicage has native support for parallel processing through the optimized pipelining support included in the Unicage Shell, making it ideal for  applications such as real­time ETL of huge amounts of spatio­temporal data points or real­time mathematical analysis of billions of data points using the "R" toolkit.

Mr. Tounaka will  share  benchmarks comparing the  processing speed of Unicage with  Hadoop and  other technologies. He will also show Jive demonstrations of several large­scale projects he has conducted jointly with japanese universities, including genomics research  and  traffic  engineering  projects  involving  enormous  datasets.

Free  evaluation  copies  of Unicage will be offered to all CRIBB participants starting on July 2, 2013. Simply visit en.usp­ and click on "Get Unicage Now".


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  • Jim

    Thanks for coming to the MIT CRIBB lecture by Nobuaki Tounaka. We’ve finally put all the materials up on the web including a subtitled video of the lecture. It’s subtitled in English to be easier to understand. We also put the presentation slides up on the web. Video:
    More Information: Contact me anytime for more details about Unicage! Jim Ryan ([masked])

    September 11, 2013

  • Jim

    Thanks everyone for coming to the MIT CRIBB demonstration. The presentation can be downloaded at

    We didn't have enough time to show two more very large dataset demos. We were going to show a system in Nagoya that tracks 100,000 buses and taxis, collecting their GPS position, speed and direction every second and analyzing it on the fly. Details are in the presentation.

    Please feel free to contact me directly if you have any questions. Also, more information is available at

    August 8, 2013

  • Jim

    Very interesting platform...

    August 2, 2013

  • Jim

    IMPORTANT NOTE: MIT has asked me to be very clear that MIT does not endorse or sponsor USP Lab, Unicage or its products or services. This event is being held at MIT as part of their CRIBB seminar series but this does not imply any endorsement by MIT.

    July 18, 2013

  • Jim

    Sounds interesting!

    July 17, 2013

  • Michael L.

    Comments here should only be posted by software engineers, job requirements should not be posted on BSE comments.

    July 15, 2013

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