KNIME Summit - Final Day

Posted by khrishan on 2016-02-26

Afternoon all, the start of this blog post is being complied on the plane, so apologies if this post is late…

So I didn’t sleep that well last night, I woke up at 4am and couldn’t get back to sleep (probably cause of the beers :P), We had breakfast, returned to our rooms, and checked out of the hotel. Unfortunately I didn’t get to use the pool, but I feel that my energy was drained at the conference, so I’m not that upset about it.

A Photo/Video message was sent to you but couldn't be delivered. A notification on how to view this message will follow shortly. Your password is: The Westin Grand was a beautiful hotel, I highly recommend it to those who are rich (3 days = 550 euros :O )

Today at the conference, it was workshop based so we could go to whatever we fancied. So I chose to go to the ‘Big Data Workshop’ and the ‘KNIME Server Workshop’. Here is my verdict:

Big Data Workshop This workshop was very high level about how to process big data sets. The ‘buzz phrase’ was that we were working with the 3 V’s (Volume, Velocity and Variety). The main thing i’d like to take from this is the ‘Streaming’ nodes… this form of processing is very clever and very efficient. What it does, in essence, is where possible, process the data row by row and when one row is done processing, pass to the next node, rather than processing a whole block of data, save it in RAM, then start the next node. Now obviously not all nodes are ‘streamable’ (Transposing data is an obvious example), but where it is possible, this would make a big difference. I thin kit would make a big difference when it comes to text mining, as a ‘big problem’ for myself is that my computer isn’t powerful enough/it takes a long time using a HPC.

KNIME Server Workshop This is the workshop I was most looked forward to. I have had a big issue with using REST via a c# client and was looking for help. The man running the session was Jon Fuller - who I had made acquaintance with when we were at the Reichtag. He is a clever man (pHD in Physics / went to Oxford) but also he is very down to earth, very blue/red person (#insights). We had spoken on Wednesday about career planning, about how/why he’d moved to Basel and he was a really nice guy to speak to.

Anyway, I asked about REST example and he gave me a response which was very helpful indeed. I believe the key is using JSON… He invited me to write a blog post regarding using c# and KNIME and it would be something they would post on the site and make the knowledge available to all. This is something very exciting for me so I look forward to writing such a blog and (approval pending) get it published on KNIME :)

Then we had lunch and had a few final words with the Server team. We said out goodbyes and then made our way to the airport.

On reflection, this conference was extremely useful and extremely fun to be a part of. Thank you to Lilly for trusting me and sending me. I met some amazing people and learnt a lot. The plan now is to apply it all!

Now Tegal airport is extremely tiny. The fact you can see the road and plane from the departure lounge, shows how small the airport is. There’s not much else to say about it :P

That is where I’ll leave the blog post for now. 36,000 feet in the air with no internet connection…