ECML PKDD 2006 Workshop on Parallel Data Mining

Invited talk #1

Are Data Mining Applications Different from Traditional Applications? An Architecture Perspective

Prof. Alok Choudhary

Abstract: Data mining techniques are a rapidly emerging class of applications that have widespread use in several domains including business, marketing, fraud detection, scientific discovery, bioinformatics, security, search, customer management and others. Data mining by nature is data intensive as well as compute intensive. In the history of processor and high-performance systems design, simulations, scientific applications, multimedia, DSP and other applications have been the target of architects. In this talk we consider several questions. Are data mining applications different from these other applications, and if yes, what are the differences, what are their charateristics and what are their implications on architecture design? Does it make sense to design archietcures and configurable hardware for accelerating data mining applications? We illustarate the potential answers to these questions via a description of NU-Minebench, a data mining benchmark developed at Northwestern University. We also illustrate accelerations of data mining computation using FPGAs. This talk will pose more questions through the initial results and will argue that that there is tremendous opportunity for research, development and markets for systems optimized for data mining.

Short Biography: Alok Choudhary is professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department and at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. He is also the director of the multidisciplinary center on ultra-scale computing and Information Security. He joined Northwestern in 1996. Prior to that he was a faculty member of the ECE department at Syracuse University. Alok Choudhary received his Ph.D. from University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, in Electrical and Computer Engineering, in 1989, M.S. from University of Massachusetts, Amherst, in 1986 and B.E.(Hons.) from Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani, India in 1982. Alok Choudhary received the National Science Foundation's Young Investigator Award in 1993. He has published more than 300 papers in various journals and conferences in various areas. He has also written a book and several book chapters on the above topics. His research has been sponsored by (past and present) DARPA, NSF, NASA, AFOSR, ONR, DOE, Intel, IBM, and TI. He is a fellow of IEEE.

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