Speed Meets Scale: Interactively Analysing and Visualising Billions of Rows with GPU-powered Analytics

September 4, 2019 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT
25 Copthall Avenue
London. EC2R 7DN
SPA Specialist Group

Data analytics never seems to be fast enough, especially as data grows and the number of sources expand. The shift from legacy databases to in-memory databases helped, but the speed and scale of CPU-based solutions has not kept pace with the needs of data analysts, who want interactive querying, visualisation and decision-making with their data. This lagging user experience costs time and money for companies that are increasingly data rich but insight poor.

In this presentation, Akmal Chaudri will explain what is causing the shift to GPUs, and how they are fundamentally changing the analytics space. We will also show, using demonstrations, the use of GPUs for performing fast analytics at scale, including SQL queries, interactive data visualisation, and integration with typical data science and machine learning workflows.

The presentation will focus on open source technologies.

Speaker biography

Akmal Chaudhri is a Community Developer Advocate at OmniSci. His role is to help build the global OmniSci community and raise awareness through presentations and technical writing. He has over 25 years experience in IT and has previously held roles as a developer, consultant, product strategist, evangelist and technical trainer. He has worked for several blue-chip companies, such as Reuters and IBM, and also the Big Data startups Hortonworks (Hadoop) and DataStax (Cassandra NoSQL Database).

He has regularly presented at many international conferences and BCS SPA evening meetings and served on the program committees for a number of major conferences and workshops. He has published and presented widely and edited or co-edited 10 books. He holds a BSc (1st Class Hons.) in Computing and Information Systems, MSc in Business Systems Analysis and Design and a PhD in Computer Science.

He is a Member of the British Computer Society (MBCS) and a Chartered IT Professional (CITP).


18:00 – Sandwiches, refreshments and networking
18:30 – Main presentation – Akmal Chaudhri
20:00 –Further refreshments and networking

For overseas delegates who wish to attend the event please note that BCS does not issue invitation letters.

Remote participation

If you are unable to attend in person, the event will be live streamed on GoToWebinar. Please register for SPA-334 on Sep 4, 2019 6:00 PM BST at:


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.  The event will also be recorded and made available shortly afterwards on the BCS Open Source SG YouTube channel.

This is a joint event with the SPA Specialist Group.

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