London, UK (10 July 2018) Announcing today that the NASA Frontier Development Lab (FDL) will continue to use Kx’s analytics capabilities to build on its space research success in this summer’s mission. Kx will be partnering with FDL and the SETI Institute on two key areas, including Space Weather and Exoplanet Identification.
Entering its third year, the Frontier Development Lab is the latest NASA sponsored activity to push the boundaries of state-of-the-art in computing – specifically applied artificial intelligence – to assist in solving knowledge gaps in space science and exploration relevant to NASA and humankind. The final results of FDL 2018 will be presented at Intel in Santa Clara on August 16th.
Kx’s ability to analyze large volumes of historic and streaming data in real time makes it ideally suited for AI and space applications. Kx is teaming up with the SETI Institute and other tech leaders, including Intel, Google, IBM and NVIDIA; private space partners include Lockheed Martin, KBRWyle and XPRIZE.
Brian Conlon, CEO of Kx, commented: “We are delighted to be continuing our relationship with the NASA FDL team and other great partners. The ultra-high performance capabilities of Kx technology make it the ideal platform to address space challenges, from Earth observation to space weather. This mission demonstrates the power and scalability of Kx technology.”
James Parr, FDL Director, commented: “Kx was early to build expertise in deriving insights from time-series data using AI. This has made them valuable partners for FDL style science applications – where rapid insight is a key value proposition.”
“FDL is an exciting and impactful example of the power of public-private partnership to deliver extraordinary results,” said Bill Diamond, President and CEO of the SETI Institute. “Kx brings their unique capabilities in advanced data analytics, delivering highly complementary synergies to the program’s team of interdisciplinary partners. It’s wonderful to have Kx on board again this year!”
Kx is a division of FD, a global technology provider with 20 years of experience working with some of the world’s largest finance, technology, retail, pharma, manufacturing and energy institutions. Kx technology, incorporating the kdb+ time-series database, is a leader in high-performance, in-memory computing, streaming analytics and operational intelligence. Kx delivers the best possible performance and flexibility for high-volume, data-intensive analytics and applications across multiple industries. The Group operates from 14 offices across Europe, North America and Asia Pacific, including its headquarters in Newry, and employs more than 2,300 people worldwide.
About the NASA Frontier Development Lab (FDL)
Hosted in Silicon Valley by the SETI Institute, the NASA FDL is an applied artificial intelligence research accelerator developed in partnership with NASA’s Ames Research Center. Founded in 2016, the NASA FDL aims to apply AI technologies to challenges in space exploration by pairing machine learning expertise with space science and exploration researchers from academia and industry. These interdisciplinary teams address tightly defined problems and the format encourages rapid iteration and prototyping to create outputs with meaningful application to the space program and humanity.
About the SETI Institute
Founded in 1984, the SETI Institute is a non-profit, multi-disciplinary research and education organization whose mission is to explore, understand, and explain the origin and nature of life in the universe and the evolution of intelligence. Our research encompasses the physical and biological sciences and leverages expertise in data analytics, machine learning and advanced signal detection technologies. The SETI Institute is a distinguished research partner for industry, academia and government agencies, including NASA and NSF.