RETHINK big gathers key Stakeholders to maximize European competitiveness in the Big Data revolution

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Every two days, we create the equivalent of all of the data generated throughout human history up until 2003. The intelligent use of this data shows enormous potential for generating new knowledge and other related benefits for  business, science and society. But in order to harness this potential, we must overcome multiple technical challenges, starting from the software that is used to process data all the way down to the network and chips themselves.

The objective of the RETHINK big Project is to bring together the key European hardware, networking, and system architects with the key producers and consumers of Big Data to identify the industry coordination points that will maximize European competitiveness in the processing and analysis of Big Data over the next 10 years. Specifically, RETHINK big will deliver a strategic roadmap for how technology advancements in hardware and networking can be exploited for the purpose of data analytics and beyond while also taking into consideration advancements in applications, algorithms and systems.

Practically speaking, We will establish a community of technology and business experts from key European stakeholders that will map the technological advancements, their respective challenges and the potential business opportunities that they present.  This community will identify and evaluate the existing competencies across European Big Data hardware and networking technology sectors and application domains and prioritize the complementary interests and the shared opportunities that allow European SMEs and large companies alike to unlock the highest return on their respective investments.

About the RETHINK big Project

The RETHINK big Project is a two-year project funded by the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme with a budget of over 1.9M€. The project started on March 1, 2014 and will kick-off in a series of co-located meetings with European Data Forum 2014.

Coordinated by the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (Spain), the RETHINK big project brings together leading European organizations in Big Data including Technische Universität Berlin (Germany), Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (Netherlands), École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (Switzerland), The University of Manchester (UK), Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (Spain), ARM Limited (UK), ParStream GmbH (Germany), Internet Memory Research SAS (France), No Rack SAS (France), Thales (France) and Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs (France).