Hadoop software vendor Cloudera didn’t make a lot of waves when it bought a London-based startup called Myrrix last year, and it hasn’t made a lot of noise about the company’s machine learning technology since then. But the company’s technology and its founder, Sean Owen, could turn out to be very valuable assets.
Owen, whose official title is director of data science, now spends him time working on an open source machine learning project called Oryx. (It’s a species of African antelope; Cloudera also sells a product called Impala). Oryx is intended to help Hadoop users build machine learning models and then deploy them so they can be queried and serve results in real time, say as part of a spam filter or a recommendation engine. Ideally, Oryx will also suuport models that can update themselves as data streams in.
Owen calls it the difference between Hadoop’s traditional sweet spot…
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