Omnisci Takes on Big Data with GPU Accelerated Analytics
Omnisci Takes on Big Data with GPU Accelerated Analytics Technology
July 4th, 2019 by Susan Smith
How ideas turn into reality can be a fascinating story, as is the case with Omnisci CEO Todd Mostak and how his company got its start.
Mostak was an undergrad at MIT when he went to Syria and Egypt to teach English and learn Arabic. While taking computer science classes, he was studying spatial temporal data. This was around the time of the Arab Spring (2011) and when he got back to the U.S. he began studying social media as it was a catalyst for what was happening in the Middle East.
“I got excited about social media, especially with Twitter as a way of understanding what was happening on the ground, what people were saying, who is saying, what, when and where things were happening, which were geocoded,” said Mostak in an interview with GISCafe Voice. “I began harvesting millions of tweets, and with my computer science background I was basically trying to join them together, a very geospatially intensive activity.”
Mostak wanted to understand the people who started the revolution, who were more secular, etc. He wanted to know did they come from richer or more rural areas,...