Semantic Web: Are Scalable Graph Data Applications Possible?




    SDForum Semantic Web SIG Event

    Are Scalable Graph Data Applications Possible?
    A Look at C-Store, Java, and Data Grid Approaches to Semantic Web Applications

    With the rising importance of data analytics, there is more evidence than ever that graph style data systems can achieve new benefits by making it easier to link and re-combine complex data. But the Achilles heel of graph style tuple storage has always been a lack of performance at scale. Will the Semantic Web and modern analytics finally drive innovation that makes these systems scalable? In this SDForum interactive panel discussion we will explore that question and more.

    Join us for three unique presentations that will explore cutting-edge techniques for scalable RDF/OWL storage, and the kinds of applications that make use of those systems. First, we are honored to have representation from Vertica and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to describe how columnar store (C-Store) data warehouse technology can enable large scale data graphs supporting billions of RDF triples. Next, we’ll get a peek at some GeoTemporal and Social Network Analysis applications based off the federated Java RDF database from Franz Technologies.  Finally, a short synopsis of Oracle’s various approaches for tuple-based storage (including in-memory, data grid, and Oracle Database RDF solutions) will be presented and tradeoffs discussed.

    Our expert guests include Andy Palmer from Vertica, Samuel R. Madden from MIT, Jans Aasman from Franz Technologies. Jeff Pollock from Oracle will moderate as well as present a short summary of technical approaches to scalable RDF systems.



    6:30pm  - 7:00pm   Registration / Networking / Refreshments / Pizza

    7:00pm – 7:10pm   Community announcement

    7:10pm  -  7:50pm  The Vertica C-Store DBMS for Scalable RDF Persistence

    7:50pm  -  8:30pm  Franz Technologies RDF Applications

    8:30pm  -  8:45pm  Oracle Infrastructure for Tuple-based Graph Storage

    8:45pm  -  9:00pm(+)  Dedicated Q&A period

    Panelist Bios:

    Andy Palmer, Founder, Vertica
    With a track record of five successful startups in the past 12 years, Andy Palmer specializes in founding and accelerating the growth of early-stage companies. In early 2005, Palmer partnered with Dr. Stonebraker to found Vertica®. Prior to co-founding Vertica, Palmer served as the senior vice president of operations at Infinity Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ : INFI) , where he was a member of the initial startup team.

    Samuel R. Madden, Associate Professor, EECS at Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Samuel Madden is an assistant professor in the EECS department at MIT and a member of MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL). His research interests span all areas of database systems; past projects include the TinyDB system for data collection from sensor networks and the Telegraph adaptive query processing engine. His current research focuses on modeling and statistical techniques for value prediction and outlier detection in sensor networks, high performance database systems, and networking and data processing in disconnected environments.

    Jans Aasman, CEO, Franz Inc. Jans Aasman started his career as an experimental and cognitive psychologist, earning his Ph.D in cognitive science with a detailed model of car driver behavior using Lisp and Soar. He has spent most of his professional life in telecommunications research, specializing in intelligent user interfaces and applied artificial intelligence projects. From 1995 to 2004 he was also a part-time professor in the Industrial Design department of the Technical University of Delft.  Jans is currently the CEO of Franz Inc., the leading supplier of commercial, persistent and scalable RDF database products that provide the storage layer for powerful reasoning and ontology modeling capabilities for Semantic Web applications.

    Moderator Bios:

    AJ Chen, Ph.D., Sr. Search Engineer,
    Dr. Chen is an advocate of semantic web and digital health. Currently a Sr. Search Engineer at, he applies ontology and knowledge base for developing search engine focusing on consumer healthcare. Working with various open communities and open source software, he is also experimenting new and practical approaches that help make semantic data web a reality, including coordinating the scientific publishing task force for W3C’s Semantic Web HCLS Group. Previously, Dr. Chen had developed genome sequencing technologies for the vision of personalized medicine, playing technical and product roles at Hyseq, Callida Genomics, and Complete Genomics.  Earlier, Dr. Chen worked with Nobel Prize winner Dr. Barry Marshall to introduce new disease treatments and diagnostics to China. Dr. Chen earned his Ph. D. in Biochemistry from U. of Utah and did postdoctoral research at Duke Medical School.

    Jeffrey Pollock, Senior Director, Oracle Fusion Middleware
    Mr. Pollock is a technology leader and author of the enterprise software book "Adaptive Information" (John Wiley & Sons 2004). Currently a Senior Director with Oracle’s Fusion Middleware group, Mr. Pollock was formerly an independent consultant for the Defense Department, Vice President of Technology at Cerebra and Chief Technology Officer of Modulant, developing semantic middleware platforms and inference-driven SOA platforms from 2001 to 2006. Throughout his career, he has architected, designed, and built application server/middleware solutions for Fortune 500 and US Government clients. Prior to Modulant, Mr. Pollock was a Principal Engineer with Modem Media and Senior Architect with Ernst & Young’s Center for Technology Enablement. He is also a frequent speaker at industry conferences, author for industry journals, active member of W3C and OASIS, and formerly an engineering instructor with University of California at Berkeley’s Extension on the subjects of object-oriented systems, software development process and enterprise systems architecture.



    Cubberly Community Center
    4000 Middlefield Road, Room H-1
    Palo Alto, CA 94105



    $15 at the door for non-SDForum members
    No charge for SDForum members
    No registration required

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