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Title: Platforms for deployment of scalable on- and off-line data analytics
Author: Coetzee, Peter
ISNI:       0000 0004 6423 6872
Awarding Body: University of Warwick
Current Institution: University of Warwick
Date of Award: 2017
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The ability to exploit the intelligence concealed in bulk data to generate actionable insights is increasingly providing competitive advantages to businesses, government agencies, and charitable organisations. The burgeoning field of Data Science, and its related applications in the field of Data Analytics, finds broader applicability with each passing year. This expansion of users and applications is matched by an explosion in tools, platforms, and techniques designed to exploit more types of data in larger volumes, with more techniques, and at higher frequencies than ever before. This diversity in platforms and tools presents a new challenge for organisations aiming to integrate Data Science into their daily operations. Designing an analytic for a particular platform necessarily involves “lock-in” to that specific implementation – there are few opportunities for algorithmic portability. It is increasingly challenging to find engineers with experience in the diverse suite of tools available as well as understanding the precise details of the domain in which they work: the semantics of the data, the nature of queries and analyses to be executed, and the interpretation and presentation of results. The work presented in this thesis addresses these challenges by introducing a number of techniques to facilitate the creation of analytics for equivalent deployment across a variety of runtime frameworks and capabilities. In the first instance, this capability is demonstrated using the first Domain Specific Language and associated runtime environments to target multiple best-in-class frameworks for data analysis from the streaming and off-line paradigms. This capability is extended with a new approach to modelling analytics based around a semantically rich type system. An analytic planner using this model is detailed, thus empowering domain experts to build their own scalable analyses, without any specific programming or distributed systems knowledge. This planning technique is used to assemble complex ensembles of hybrid analytics: automatically applying multiple frameworks in a single workflow. Finally, this thesis demonstrates a novel approach to the speculative construction, compilation, and deployment of analytic jobs based around the observation of user interactions with an analytic planning system.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID:  DOI: Not available
Keywords: QA76 Electronic computers. Computer science. Computer software