toggle

AAPL Stock: 109.27 ( -1.1 )

Printed from http://www.macnn.com

US government to pump $200M into "Big Data" R&D initiative

updated 11:15 pm EDT, Thu March 29, 2012

Funding promises to help "pressing challenges"

The Obama administration has announced a "Big Data" research and development initiative. The endeavor aims to improve the ability to "extract knowledge and insights" from large data sets and help solve some of the nation's "most pressing challenges."

The initiative involves collaboration between six federal departments and agencies, which will benefit from more than $200 million in new funding commitments. The money is said to be allocated for improving tools and techniques used to analyze large volumes of data.

The Department of Defense plans to expand its data analysis efforts with new projects that aim to improve autonomous systems that can make decisions on their own. Defense officials are also gunning for a "100-fold increase" in the ability to extract pertinent information from texts in any language.

The National Institutes of Health is also pushing for its 1000 Genomes Project data to be available through the Amazon Web Services cloud, while the Department of Energy will continue to expand the scope and complexity of its supercomputing projects. Other agencies that are expected to benefit from the initiative include the US Geological Survey, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, and the National Science Foundation.

The agencies are expected to make further announcements in the near future.




by MacNN Staff

toggle

Comments

Login Here

Not a member of the MacNN forums? Register now for free.

toggle

Network Headlines

Follow us on Facebook

toggle

Most Popular

Advertisement

Recent Reviews

Blue Yeti Studio

Despite being very familiar with Blue Microphones' lower-end products -- we've long recommended the company's Snowball line of mics ...

ZTE Spro 2 Smart Projector

Home theaters are becoming more and more accessible these days, but maybe you've been a bit wary about buying a home projector. And h ...

MSI Geforce GTX 970 100ME

When Nvidia announced a new line of video cards in September 2014, many people thought things would continue to be business as usual i ...

toggle

Most Commented