This week, some 25 cities around the world are hosting events online and offline as part of Big Data Week, described by its organizers as a "global community and festival of data." The Chicago portion of the event features several people from the Computation Institute, including two panels on Thursday: "Data Complexity in the Sciences: The Computation Institute" featuring Ian Foster, Charlie Catlett, Rayid Ghani and Bob George, and "Science Session with the Open Cloud Consortium" featuring Robert Grossman and his collaborators. Both events are in downtown Chicago, free, and you can register at the above links.
But the CI's participation in Big Data Week started with two webcast presentations on Tuesday and Wednesday that demonstrated the broad scope of the topic. The biggest data of all is being produced by simulations on the world's fastest supercomputers, including Argonne's Mira, the fourth-fastest machine in the world. Mira boasts the ability to 10 quadrillion floating point operations per second, but how do you make sense of the terabytes of data such powerful computation produces on a daily basis?