France invests seven times less than the UK in Big Data
Big Data should soon rhyme with job creation. In France as in England, the authorities are banking on this new market to stimulate growth. But the Hexagon, timid, will invest only 11.5 million euros to support the sector, 7.5 times less than its British neighbor.
The takeoff of the Big Data market (which aims to collect, store and process the enormous mass of data produced by consumers and businesses on the Internet) should go off without a hitch. Specialists predict a bright future for this nascent sector: 10,000 direct jobs by 2018 in France, according to the French Association of Software Editors, and a value creation of up to 2.8 billion euros. In the United Kingdom, the excitement is also at its height: the processing of these data could give birth to 58 000 positions by 2017 in the country, according to a study of the Center for economics and business research.
But for these job creations to materialize, it is necessary to develop tools capable of handling these data, which are often disparate. In other words, support research. On 6 February 2014, the UK’s Minister of Universities and Science announced an investment of 73 million pounds (over 87 million euros) in the sector.
11.5 MILLION EUROS INVESTMENT IN FRANCE
This sum will be distributed among 55 university projects. The Medical Research Council will invest, for example, 59 million euros to develop statistical and mathematical models capable of analyzing biological data. Objective: to understand the evolution of certain diseases of the human species.
Far less generous than its British sidekick, the French government has invested for the moment only 11.5 million euros in the sector. 7.5 times less than in England. Yet the French had identified in February 2013 big data as one of five technologies to support in their roadmap on digital.
The funds are not just for researchers. France supports seven projects, supported by start-ups, software publishers, technology integrators and research laboratories. They aim to process these big masses of data but also to develop applications to exploit them. Four other projects are under investigation. For now, we do not know the amount that the state plans to invest in these new proposals.
Intel boosts fiber optic throughput for data centers
The giant Intel wants to tackle the market for data transmission in data centers. He has partnered with Corning to achieve this, and together they have created a new fiber optic technology whose performance far exceeds the capabilities of today’s cables.
For years, Intel has conducted research in the field of “Silicon Photonics”, that is to say the transmission of data in light form (via photons) using silicon. To achieve this, he commissioned Corning, an American glass company that spearheaded the development of fiber optics in the 1970s, to create a new generation of fiber. Two innovations have resulted: the ClearCurve LX Fiber cable and the MXC connector.