MAPPING ‘nd spacetime data’ onto screens in ‘visual 3D’ – my contribution to ‘data infrastructure’

13 06 06 IIC SNIAYesterday I enjoyed the Information Infrastructure Conference of SNIA, the Storage Networking Industry Association. For I LOVE talking to people who UNDERSTAND what I’m talking about and SEE the value of my screenshots.

The keynote was given most impressively by Dr Massimo Lamanna, Section Leader of the Data & Storage Services Group in the IT Department of CERN, my former employer. I shall post a link to his slides, as soon they become available.

Starting with the foundation in 1954 as ‘science for peace’, I especially liked that Massimo likened the four experiments that are attached to the Large Hadron Collider to ‘microscopes’ with which to look at big bang conditions.

After all, I have just been back to CERN and am talking about ‘software lenses‘ with which to investigate data. Maybe one day also high energy physics data? So far, CASTOR and EOS are the in-house projects besides ROOT as the framework for storing files. I’d love to contribute POLLUX, the brighter of the twin stars:

  • P – Premier
  • O – Opportunity for investigating
  • L – Large
  • L – Libraries of
  • U – Unstructured Data with
  • X – x number of Unknowns…

After all, Shabaz Ali of Tarmin (the telepathic information archivist of Star Trek which I never saw) “where Data defines Value” talked brilliantly about Data Defined Storage and “content-focussed metadata”. Well, there’s a man not only interested in UNDERSTANDING data, but also a creative and successful entrepreneur!

But the gap between government funded science and entrepreneurial creativity seems totally unbridgeable, but: as Edith Piaf used to sing: as long as there’s life, there’s hope! Or as a former CERN colleague recently confirmed: it takes 12 years to ‘productise’… But maybe the time for Smart Knowledge Portals is nearing?

While end users do NOT need to know how the engine works of the car they’re driving, there are unfortunately too many people who want to know what is under my kimono. My first website had over 80,000 hits when the provider lost it…

In a nutshell for software and data connoisseurs: ‘numerical metadata’ – the key to compare, sort, rank and weight data files – whether time series, multi-dimensional or images – as the basis for

  • quantifying the unquantifiable
  • measuring the immeasurable
  • and visualising the invisible.

Let’s begin the future now!

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