I work with superheroes!


The popularity of superheroes is timeless. And no wonder: It’s fun to think about a world populated by heroes with super-human intelligence, the ability to manipulate substances at the molecular level, and supersonic speed. I’ll bet you can guess ... [ Read More ]

What Should Your Big Data Strategy Be?

Figure 1. Data driven strategy

In previous articles, I discussed some common big data problems and causes of the problems.  In the final part of this series, we can now get to the icing on the cake – your big data strategy. Read on, my friends. When do you have a big data ... [ Read More ]

Why Chapel? (Part 2)


This is the continuation of my previous blog article describing why we are pursuing the development of the Chapel parallel programming language at Cray Inc. In that article, I argued for why the HPC community should consider pursuing productive new ... [ Read More ]

What are the Causes of Your Big Data Problem?

In my last blog, I shared some interesting articles and hopefully got you thinking, “Why can’t I solve my big data problems with all this progress in technology?” But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Let’s start with the cause of the problem. Why ... [ Read More ]

The Definition of Insanity


Almost ten years ago, when I was working at Pfizer, I wrote a position paper for a W3C Workshop on Semantic Web in Life Sciences. In that paper, I pointed out several vexing problems then faced by pharmaceutical researchers that I thought could be ... [ Read More ]

Why Chapel?


In previous articles for this blog, I’ve provided a high-level overview of Chapel, the parallel programming language that we’re developing at Cray Inc., and I’ve introduced Chapel’s iterators as a sample productivity-oriented feature. In this article ... [ Read More ]

Data Discovery: The Road Not Taken


I feel lucky knowing that I’ve spent my life all over the map…literally. I was born in the Northeast, lived 13 years in Atlanta, and am now entering my second year in the San Francisco bay area. Thanks to these moves, I've driven across the United ... [ Read More ]