According to an article published on Primeur Weekly Magazine, Big Data is a rather broad and sometimes confusing area. However, there are some aspects of Big Data on which everyone seems to agree. First, the biggest Big Data can be found in science. Second, HPC and to a lesser extent Cloud computing provide the engines to access and process Big Data. And third, Big Data can provide a good ROI in industry for well chosen applications. Hence, a conference that combines these three aspects, provides a convenient way to absorb the latest developments in Big Data. This is exactly what the ISC Big Data Conference, September 25-26, 2013 in Heidelberg, Germany will do. Being chaired by Sverre Jarp from CERN - one of the largest scientific Big Data producers, and with Felix Wortmann, from Bosch Internet of Things Lab and Intel's Stephan Gillich & Girish Juneja providing keynotes, the conference will start with a solid scientific and industrial foundation. Being part of the ISC family of conferences - with the yearly ISC supercomputing event as its flagship - the new conference provides a deep link into the HPC community.

The two-day ISC Big Data Conference is conveniently co-located with the ISC Cloud Conference, September 23-24, 2013.

Apart from the keynotes, there are several in-depth sessions, covering various aspects of Big Data. The session "How to increase the ROI through Big Data Analytics - Real-Life Studies" will take a deep dive into the use of Big Data in commercial enterprises. The session "Learning from Big Data Applications in Science" will focus on how science areas, such as biology, genomics and physics, manage to cope with hundreds of petabytes in total volume. There will also be an outlook into the next data "deluge" by experiments, such as the upgraded LHC experiments at CERN or the forthcoming Square Kilometre Array.

The session "HPC meets Enterprise" will show that the differences are now blurring between Big Data processed by scientific institutes on one hand and commercial enterprises on the other. Therefore, this will lead to increased synergies between them.

The session: "Efficient & Scalable Big Data Architectures for Search & Mining" will also focus on Big Data Analytics since this plays such an important role in the overall landscape.

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