About the ISTC for Big Data

Inventing New Information Technologies for Big Data

Note:  The Intel Science & Technology Center for Big Data was a project that ran from 2012-2017. For a retrospective of what the Center achieved in five years, please see this blog post by co-founders Michael Stonebraker and Samuel Madden from MIT CSAIL and Intel Principal Investigator Timothy Mattson.

The era of Big Data has arrived. Today industry, science and government have access to unprecedented amounts and types of data, including real-time data from sources such as social media, sensor networks, and scientific instruments from genome sequencers to telescopes and satellites. If we can tap into it, Big Data has the potential to solve big societal problems – in public health, medicine, science, agriculture, engineering and more. Unfortunately, these data collections are growing too fast, too vast and becoming too complex for traditional Information Technology to handle.

ISTC for Big Data

Meet the Intel Science and Technology Center (ISTC) for Big Data (a project that ran from 2012-2017). Our mission is to produce new data management systems and compute architectures for Big Data. Together, these systems will help people process data that exceeds the scale, rate, or sophistication of current data processing systems. We’ll also demonstrate the effectiveness of these solutions on real applications in science, engineering, and medicine, making our results broadly available through open sourcing.

Our center includes leading researchers from Brown, MIT, Portland State, Stanford, University of Tennessee, University of California at Santa Barbara, and University of Washington. Our researchers are experts in such areas as data-intensive scalable computing, machine learning, computer architecture, visualization, and the sciences (genomics, medicine, oceanography, imaging, and remote sensing).

We’re focused on five major research themes:

  1. Big Data Databases and Analytics
  2. Big Data Math and Algorithms
  3. Big Data Visualization
  4. Big Data Architecture
  5. Streaming Big Data

The center is based at the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) at MIT, and is primarily affiliated with the Intel Parallel Computing Lab.

About the ISTC Program

The ISTC for Big Data (2012-2017) is one of a series of research collaborations that Intel is establishing with U.S. universities to identify and prototype revolutionary technology opportunities. The centers are designed to encourage closer collaboration among academic thought leaders in essential technology areas.