Cloud computing could be a solution for big data problem, according to experts at the Indian Science Congress, being held at the University of Mysore here.
With over 2.5 quintillion bytes created every day, data storage and analysis has become a great challenge, they said.
Addressing “Big Data and Cloud Computing in Agri-Bioinformatics” in the plenary talk session of the Congress, Senior Scientist at Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI), Dr A K Mishra said cloud computing could be the solution to big data problem.
Cloud computing is very important in big data analytics due to its application sharing and cost effective properties. This technology will help in current genomic data storage and analysis, he added.
To head towards sustainable livelihood and development, such analyses with respect to agriculture including plants and animals are crucial. As much as 90% of the data in the world today has been created in the last two years alone, he explained.
Hundreds of agricultural institutions across the country should be connected and for this cloud is a good option. Development of user friendly crop computational algorithms and tools is needed, he added.
Cloud computing poses problems for developers and users of cloud software as it requires large data transfers over precious low-bandwidth. This also raises new privacy and security issues, Dr Mishra said.
However, it is an increasingly valuable tool for processing large datasets and it is already used by the US federal government, pharmaceutical companies, internet companies, scientific labs and bioinformatics services, he added.
Dr Binay Panda spoke on “Big Data and Personalized Medicine: Challenges and Opportunities for India”, Dr. Dinesh Gupta on “Big Data Analysis in Biotechnology: Applications of Machine Learning and challenges towards clinical applications” and Dr. Michael Gromiha on “Algorithms and Applications of Bioinformatics in Big Data analysis”. Prof. T Madhan Mohan chaired the session.