NASA & CMUSV Host "Big Data Management"-Silicon Valley Campus - Carnegie Mellon University

NASA & CMUSV Host "Big Data Management"-Silicon Valley Campus - Carnegie Mellon University

NASA & CMUSV Host "Big Data Management"

On April 5, 2012, NASA Research Park (NRP) hosted a NRP partner Carnegie Mellon University Silicon Valley (CMUSV) led event in NRP Building 152 Conference Center. Over 300 guests attended the evening event, “Big Data Management for Energy and Smart Grid - Creating the Real-Time Utility Enterprise”. The goal of the event was to encourage collaboration between various companies, Ivy League engineering and business schools to explore opportunities to build relationships and companies to address the challenges faced by energy and smart grid sectors.

According to event organizer Krishna Bheemanadham, California's electric grid is getting a 21st century facelift. The three biggest utilities, PG&E, SDG&E and SCE (with more than 11 million customer accounts) released smart grid deployment plans outlining roughly between $2.4 and $3.6 billion of new investments to make the smart grid a reality by 2020.

With storage, analytics, virtualization and security on the cusp of a big data boom in the energy sector, CMUSV and CMU Alumni association organized the event focused on big data management in the energy sector. The event discussed the rapid changes and opportunities in the domestic and international energy data market, gathering leaders in software technology as well as energy dedicated to creating the big data management solutions needed to convert smart grid into success stories around the world.

Through presentations and panels, the audience got an opportunity to find out information about regulation, economics, technology & innovation, investments, business, markets and players in energy-related big data management today and the expected development within the next decades. Dr. Steven Zornetzer, NASA Ames Associate Center Director, briefed the guests on NASA Ames new “smart building” named Sustainability Base, which recently received its official Platinum LEEDS designation. Dr. Nancy Ryan, Deputy Executive Director, California Public Utilities Commission, Bradley Williams, VP Industrial Strategy, Oracle Utilities gave keynote presentations, and an expert panel led by Kurt Yeager, Vice Chairman of the Galvin Electricity Initiative, including CMUSV Distinguished Research Fellow Dr. Steven Ray, discussed wide-ranging potential impacts. CMUSV Director Dr. Martin Griss also briefed the attendees on the overall CMUSV program and NRP Director Michael Marlaire presented the NRP partnerships and purposes.

Speakers and attendees discussed the role of policies and incentives in building the big data management market for the energy sector, the definition and advancement of best practices in smart grid data management operations and R&D, and what was needed to truly deliver valuable big data management solutions to the stakeholders from power generation via transmission and distribution to power consumption. According to Bheemanadham, “NASA and CMUSV came out with great respect from all the attendees for having organized such a great event. The participants gave good feedback, formed new friendships, and most participants stayed well after the event discussing details and exchanging information.”