March 12-14, 2019 - Half Moon Bay, CA
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Todd Mostak

Necessity is the mother of invention. And so it was at Harvard when Todd Mostak spent hours, sometimes overnight, waiting for answers to his queries. His prize-winning thesis topic: how social media impacted the rise of the Arab Spring. His data set: tens of millions of tweets on Twitter. His technical problem: The dataset was too big to generate query results on CPU-based systems fast enough to answer his questions. Recently cross-enrolled in a database course at MIT, Todd decided (as one does) to ask "what if I created my own query engine that uses the massive parallelism of GPU cards to accelerate the queries?" Thus, the original OmniSci software was born. Soon after Todd was invited to continue his research at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL), under the supervision of luminaries Sam Madden and Turing Award winner Michael Stonebraker. Todd, and his co-founder Tom Graham, went on to start OmniSci, and today Todd is our CEO and No. 1 evangelist.