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A View from ORNL: Scientific Data Research Opportunities in the Big Data Age

Publication Type
Conference Paper
Book Title
2018 IEEE 38th International Conference on Distributed Computing Systems (ICDCS)
Publication Date
Page Numbers
1357 to 1368
Publisher Location
New Jersey, United States of America
Conference Name
IEEE 38th International Conference on Distributed Computing Systems (ICDCS)
Conference Location
Vienna, Austria
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One of the core issues across computer and computational science today is adapting to, managing, and learning from the influx of "Big Data". In the commercial space, this problem has led to a huge investment in new technologies and capabilities that are well adapted to dealing with the sorts of human-generated logs, videos, texts, and other large-data artifacts that are processed and resulted in an explosion of useful platforms and languages (Hadoop, Spark, Pandas, etc.). However, translating this work from the enterprise space to the computational science and HPC community has proven somewhat difficult, in part because of some of the fundamental differences in type and scale of data and timescales surrounding its generation and use. We describe a forward-looking research and development plan which centers around the concept of making Input/Output (I/O) intelligent for users in the scientific community, whether they are accessing scalable storage or performing in situ workflow tasks. Much of our work is based on our experience with the Adaptable I/O System (ADIOS 1.X), and our next generation version of the software ADIOS 2.X [1].