Radio Free HPC Looks at Santa’s Big Data Challenges

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From left, Henry Newman, Dan Olds, Shahin Khan, and Rich Brueckner are the Radio Free HPC team

In this podcast video, the Radio Free HPC team looks at the monumental IT challenges that Santa faces each Holiday Season.

With nearly 2 billion children to serve, Santa’s operations are an IT challenge on the grandest scale. If the world’s population keeps growing by 83 million people per year, Santa may need to build a hybrid cloud just to keep up. With billions of simultaneous queries, the Big Data analytics required will certainly require an 8-socket numa machines with 4 terabytes of central memory.

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  1. Dan admitting to being Santa (14:30) makes sense – he looks like Santa.