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Oct 23, 2014
Using In-Memory, Data-Parallel Computing for Operational Intelligence
Seabourne Consulting


Scaleout Software is presenting the event and paying for drinks and your favorite flat-crust pizzas.

ScaleOut Software is a leader in in-memory computing software for applications with extreme low-latency, scalability and high availability requirements.

Seabourne Consulting is our wonderful host! Seabourne is a growing software company based in Portland, OR and Washington, DC. 

They are experts in information integration and big data applications, and leverage this expertise to build solutions for large government, corporate, and non-profit organizations (, NBC Sports,,, Cogstate.).

Pulehu Pizza are our expert pizza makers!

Talend is organizing the event.


Operational systems manage our finances, shopping, devices and much more. Adding real-time analytics to these systems enables them to instantly respond to changing conditions and provide immediate, targeted feedback. This use of analytics is called “operational intelligence,” and the need for it is widespread.

This talk will describe the use of in-memory, data-parallel computing to obtain operational intelligence in several scenarios, including financial services, ecommerce, and cable-based media. It will show both how an in-memory model is constructed and how data-parallel analysis can be implemented to provide immediate feedback. Performance results from a simulation of 10M live cable-TV set-top boxes will illustrate how this technique was used to correlate and enrich 25K events per second and complete a parallel analysis every 10 seconds on a cluster of commodity servers.

The talk also will compare the use of in-memory computing to the more traditional “big data” model popularized by Hadoop MapReduce. It also will examine simplifications offered by this approach over directly analyzing incoming event streams from an operational system using complex event processing or Storm. Lastly, it will explain key requirements of the in-memory computing platform, in particular real-time updating of individual objects and high availability, and compare these requirements to the design goals for stream processing in Spark.

About the Presenter

Dr. William L. Bain is Founder and CEO of ScaleOut Software, Inc. Bill has a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Rice University, and he has worked in the field of parallel computing at Bell Labs research, Intel, and Microsoft. Bill founded and ran three start-up companies prior to joining Microsoft. In the most recent company (Valence Research), he developed a distributed Web load-balancing software solution that was acquired by Microsoft and is now called Network Load Balancing within the Windows Server operating system. Dr. Bain holds several patents in computer architecture and distributed computing. As a member of the Seattle-based Alliance of Angels, Dr. Bain is actively involved in entrepreneurship and the angel community.


6:00 – 6:30 Welcome & Networking

6:30 – 7:30 Presentation by Dr. William L. Bain

7:30 – 8:30 Networking + drinks and our signature delicious thin crust pizzas!