DARPA scouts for big-data fixes

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency plans to call on the applied-mathematics, computer-science and data-visualization communities to develop big-data analytics for warfighters, DARPA said in a March 29 news release.

Current Defense Department systems and processes for handling and analyzing information cannot be efficiently or effectively scaled to meet this challenge, the announcement said. The volume and characteristics of the data, and the range of applications for data analysis, require a fundamentally new approach to data science, analysis and incorporation into mission planning on timelines consistent with operational tempo.

DARPA's XDATA program will address the need for scalable algorithms for processing and visualization of imperfect and incomplete data. To enable large-scale data processing in a wide range of potential settings, the program eventually will produce open-source software toolkits to enable collaboration among the various communities involved.

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