Fast Data Analytics with FPGAs
The rapidly increasing amount of data available for real-time analysis (i.e., so-called operational business intelligence) is creating an interesting opportunity for creative approaches to speeding up data processing algorithms. One such approach that is starting to become more common is using hardware accelerators for stream processing. Typically these accelerators are implemented on top of reconfigurable hardware, known as Field-Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs). Though the value of FPGAs for data warehouses is gradually recognized by the database community, their true potential for various business analytic tasks is yet unexplored.