Wednesday, April 11, 2007

"Scaleable Knowledge Discovery through Grid Workflows"

USC's Information Sciences Institute has been awarded $13.8M for this project, which aims to solve the massive data glut that swamps many disciplines by automating scientific workflows. Using grid computing and other advanced technologies (such as A.I. and Semantic Web), a workflow architecture allows for the capture of complex scientidic workflows and their application in a distributed fashion on data sets in an efficient manner. This is a very ambitious (and well funded) project. Some of the (even more) interesting parts of this project include (from the article):
"...investigate mechanisms to support autonomous and robust execution of concurrent workflows over continuously changing data...learning techniques to improve the performance of the workflow system by exploiting an episodic memory of prior workflow executions."

episodic memory (Wikipedia)

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