When it comes to big data, these are the topics we are spearheading:
The term ‘big data’ refers to new insights and applications that can only be created using extreme amounts of data. Big data will have a major impact on our society, it will establish a data economy and is seen as a new production factor or commodity.
Europe also recognizes the importance of big data. In Horizon 2020, it is frequently mentioned as a technique that will play a major role in solving the socio-economic challenges that Europe is facing. Currently, we can see technologies emerge that will deliver exascale amounts of data. Storage and processing is a major challenge. Simply adding more hard drives, optical fibers or processors will not do the trick. Transporting one Exabyte at 100 Gbit/s would take about 3 years and no one wishes or can afford to wait that long.
Jan de Jeu, vice president of the University of Groningen