Barron’s Tech Trader Daily
A year ago, I had a great conversation with database legendMichael Stonebraker, a professor at MIT‘s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab.
Among the many trends that Stonebraker mentioned at the cutting edge of database technology is the use of graphics chips, so-called graphics processing units, or GPUs, to accelerate database operations. These include parts from, most prominently, Nvidia(NVDA) and AMD (AMD).
Today I had the pleasure of talking with a rising young database star who’s come out of that same CSAIL lab and making the research into GPU-driven database work a reality, Todd Mostak, who is CEO and Founder of a startup called MapD.
MapD makes a relational database management system that runs part of its operations, the most compute-intense operations, on Nvidia GPUs.
Nvidia is an investor in a new, $10 million round of funding, along with Vanedge Capital, Verizon Ventures, and GV (the former Google Ventures.) The company has customers using the product, including Verizon.
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