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ECE Explorations - ViaSat | Eliot Weitz, CTO, Data Analytics Tools Group

Speaker ViaSat
Eliot Weitz, CTO, Data Analytics Tools Group
Title "Drinking from a Firehose: Real-time Big Data at an ISP"
Date: 9/24/2014
Time: 5:00 pm
Location: 1002 ECE Building, Grainger Auditorium
Event Contact: Nikki Slack, Office of Advancement, 1070 ECE Building
Event Type: Seminars

ViaSat became the first satellite ISP offering high-speed residential broadband over most of the US through our Exede™ brand, along with providing mobile broadband to the American Red Cross for disaster relief and in-flight broadband on JetBlue and United Airways. We collect hundreds of terabytes of network performance and usage data from our subscribers that are used to help us improve our products and services. Our “Big Data” platform is built using open source software running in the Amazon cloud and has migrated from batch processing to interactive querying and now to real-time processing. We will cover the technologies used and the challenges encountered and provide some interesting insights.

Eliot Weitz is the CTO of the Data Analytics Tools Group at ViaSat leading a team that builds infrastructure for the collection, storage and analysis of Petabyte-scale network performance data. He has held leadership positions in a broad range of industries including wireless networking, vertical search engines, enterprise software for drug discovery, virtual reality, and enterprise document management systems. Eliot received his B.S. in Computer Science from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and an M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Utah and is the holder of three US Patents.

Open to all | Pizza will be provided after the talk!