Research

Research Agenda

Our research agenda covers the following areas and is conducted within the confines of projects executed with industry partners:

  • Database and Big Data technology
  • Data Mining, Statistics and Predictive Modeling
  • Machine Learning and Graph Analytics
  • Information Retrieval and Natural Language Processing
  • Business Intelligence and Visual Analytics
  • Data Warehousing and Decision Support
  • Communication and Visualization of Results
  • Privacy, Security and Ethics
  • Entrepreneurship and Data Product Design

R&D Projects

This list gets directly filled from ZHAW's project database. Not all projects may show up due to interlinkage aspects.

Computational resources for partners

Datalab operates certain compute infrastructure to facilitate research and development in its core areas. Using these hardware resources is open and free for all associates. We also offer the computational power for external project partners.

Datalab "Cluster"

This cluster of machines runs under VMware and is attached to a 50 TB SAN. Each physical machine runs one virtual machine at a time to allow for big data experiments.

5 Nodes, each connected to the same 50 TB SAN and with:

  • IBM System x3550 M4
  • OS: VMware ESXi 5.1
  • CPU: 2x Xeon E5-2640, 2.5 GHz Speed (each 6 cores)
  • RAM: 196 GB
  • Storage: 1.6 TB
  • Usage: Used for virtual machines under VMware (typical: 1 VM per server)

Datalab "Lisa Stable Cloud share"

7 Nodes within ICClab's stable cloud environment "LISA":

  • IBM System x3550 M4
  • Host system: OpenStack on Linux
  • CPU: 2x Xeon E5-2640 with each 6 Cores, 2.5 GHz Speed
  • RAM: 196 GB
  • Storage: >1 TB
  • Usage: Used for virtual machines under OpenStack

Datalab "Deep Learning GPU Workstations"

Two mostly identical power workstations mainly for Deep Learning research.

Workstation with enhanced storage controller (InIT)

Configuration

  • OS: Debian 7.6 Server
  • Server: SuperMicro Server 7047A-T
  • CPU: 2x Xeon E5-2620v2 with each 8 Cores
  • RAM: 192 GB
  • Storage: 1 TB SSD for OS, RAID-Controller LSI MegaRAID 9266-8i for 7x 4 TB SATA HDD for data
  • GPU: 2x NVIDIA GTX780 coupled via SLI
  • Usage: Multi-user environment

Workstation with enhanced main memory (IDP)

Configuration

  • OS: Debian 7.6 Server
  • Server: SuperMicro Server 7047A-T
  • CPU: 2x Xeon E5-2620v2 with each 8 Cores
  • RAM: 192 GB
  • Storage: 1 TB SSD for OS, 2x 4 TB SATA HDD for data
  • GPU: 2x NVIDIA GTX780 coupled via SLI
  • Usage: Multi-user environment

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