CIS Seminar - First Steps with In-Memory Computing

CIS Seminar
Nov. 12 2014
235 Weir Hall

Speaker: Dr. Kathy Gates

Title: First Steps with In-Memory Computing

Abstract: Technology professionals face new challenges brought about by a proliferation of mobile and embedded computing devices, a culture of immediacy, and an abundance of data.  For several decades, a relational database running on a disk subsystem has been the default storage choice for enterprise IT; however, this architecture is unable to keep up with current demands, even with enhancements such as caching.  In-memory databases are gaining traction as the cost of RAM decreases and the need for speed increases.  They offer promise for meeting current and future challenges by vastly improving data access times and simplifying enterprise architectures to support real-time analytics.  This presentation will focus on UM’s move from an Oracle relational database to SAP’s HANA in-memory database for its business and academic systems.  Included will be first results from a pilot taking place this fall of HANA on Hitachi hardware.

BIO: Kathy Gates has served as the Chief Information Officer for the University of Mississippi (UM) since February 2006. Prior professional experiences include working as a software developer for AT&T Bell Laboratories and as a technical consultant for the Mississippi Center for Supercomputing Research, as well as serving as the Director of Academic Computing (1998-2003) and Assistant Vice Chancellor (2003-2006) at UM. Gates received M.S. degrees in Mathematics and Computer and Information Science from The Ohio State University and the Ph.D. degree in Engineering Science from the University of Mississippi. Major highlights at UM include serving as the North American pilot for SAP's student information system (Gates was project manager) and hosting one of the 2008 presidential debates. The SAP project continues to yield positive benefits for UM through a high level of automation and the use of technologies such as workflow and digital imaging to enhance enterprise business processes. This project continues to grow and evolve, now through in-progress efforts to move to SAP's in-memory database known as HANA. Gates is involved in many initiatives related to technology and higher education. Current areas of interest include data mining, mobile computing, and Web applications that interface with SAP. The underlying objective is always the same -- to advance the University's mission through smart, innovative use of technology.