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PayPal Joins HPC User Forum Steering Committee

HPC User ForumToday IDC announced that Digital payment leader PayPal has joined the Steering Committee of the HPC User Forum. PayPal’s Arno Kolster will serve as the company’s primary representative and Ryan Quick will serve as alternate.

IDC estimates that PayPal has saved more than $700 million by moving up to HPC in a very innovative way for real-time and predictive fraud analysis,” said Joseph. “High performance data analysis – big data using HPC – is the fastest growing part of the HPC market and is attracting many commercial users. We look forward to having PayPal’s perspective on the steering committee.”

Ryan Quick & Arno Kolster

Ryan Quick & Arno Kolster

Arno Kolster is Senior MTS, Database Architect, at PayPal. His main career focus over the past 25 years has been database architecture, database administration, and operations architecture for a number of different industries including oil and gas, emergency services, finance and e-commerce. His interest in HPC and technical computing came about as a result of finding solutions to solving real-time data analytics across distributed systems at Web scale. He and Ryan Quick received IDC HPC Innovation Excellence Awards in 2012 and 2014 and often speak about HPC and its roles at PayPal. He’s a member of the prestigious Royal Philatelic Society of London and the American Philatelic Society. Mr. Kolster received a degree in Computer Science from The University of Calgary.

Directed by a steering committee consisting of HPC users from government, industry, and academia, the HPC User Forum was founded in 1999 to advance the state of high-performance computing through open discussions and information sharing. The organization has grown to more than 150 members.

In this video from the 2014 HPC User Forum in Seattle, Arno Kolster and Ryan Quick from PayPal present: Update on HPC at PayPal. The company has developed a novel approach to systems intelligence. By analyzing their chaotic real-time server data, they can produce organized, intelligent results using HP’s Moonshot servers powered by TI DSP processors.

The next HPC User Forum meeting will be held April 13-15 in Norfolk, Virginia.

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