Big data has emerged as a key concept both in the information technology and the embedded technology worlds. Such software systems are characterized by a multitude of heterogeneous connected software applications, middleware, and components such as sensors. The growing usage of cloud infrastructure makes available a wealth of data resources; smart grids, intelligent vehicle technology, and medicine are recent examples of such interconnected data sources. We’re producing approximately 1,200 exabytes of data annually, and that figure is only growing. Such a massive amount of unstructured data presents enormous and mounting challenges for business and IT executives.
The collection of large amounts of data is a growing trend in an increasing number of sectors in which information management is key From tourism to retail, health care to financial services, to cite