Countdown to Inaugural In-Memory Computing Summit 2015: Industry Visionary Speakers To Present Leading-Edge Innovations and Real-World Use Cases for Fast Data June 29-30 in San Francisco

Jam-packed agenda includes talks about Apache Spark, IBM BLU, SAP HANA and many more sessions for developers, architects and technical decision makers

Foster City, California – June 16, 2015 – GridGain™ Systems (, the leading innovator behind open source and commercial in-memory data fabric solutions and producer of the first-ever, industry-wide In-Memory Computing Summit (IMC Summit), announced today the agenda for the inaugural IMC Summit 2015 being held June 29-30 at the W Hotel in San Francisco. The jam-packed agenda includes topics on Apache Spark, batch and stream pipeline processing, load-and-go in-memory analytics, scalable machine learning pipelines, and the emergence of Non-Volatile Memory (NVM).

In the session titled, "The Science and Engineering Behind Super Fast Load-and-Go In-Memory Analytics," Sam Lightstone, Distinguished Engineer and Chief Architect Cloud and Software Data Warehousing at IBM, will take a closer look at the architectural strategy for treating RAM as the new disk, and describe IBM's design for super-simplicity of an in-memory data warehousing technology that can be used with both cloud and on-premises software on any size system.

In his session, "From Spark to Ignition: Fueling Your Business on Real-Time Analytics," Eric Frenkiel, CEO and co-founder of MemSQL, will share hands-on 'how-to' recipes to build real-time pipelines around Apache Spark, with detailed production examples.

Amit Satoor, Senior Director Product and Solution Marketing at SAP, will talk about how a variety of business applications can be transformed using advanced in-memory computing in his session titled: "In-Memory Computing with SAP HANA: The Next Era of Data Architecture."

More than 25 breakout sessions are on the IMC Summit agenda, split into a Business and a Developer track. The event runs Monday, June 29 from 8 am to 7 pm, and Tuesday, June 30, from 8 am to 5:30 pm. Access the full agenda here.

"In-memory computing, once thought of as an elitist technology reserved for the few, has now gone mainstream and is revolutionizing the processing and storage of operational and analytical data, enabling companies small and large everywhere to compete aggressively as a real-time business," said Max Herrmann, GridGain Executive Vice President of Marketing and In-Memory Computing Summit Program Committee Member. "Innovation is happening today through a number of open source and commercial in-memory solutions — solutions that power insanely fast apps and a new world of Fast Data. The In-Memory Computing Summit 2015 is the first and only event of its kind, gathering experts, visionaries and decision makers from diverse industries and leading solution providers to learn, exchange ideas and make connections that will deepen and develop beyond the June event. It has evolved into even more than we had imagined."

The event starts with a keynote speech by Forrester Research Principal Analyst Mike Gualtieri, entitled, "The Velocity of Business Requires In-Memory Computing." In this presentation, Mr. Gualtieri will discuss the business, technology, and market trends that pushed in-memory from a nice-to-have to a must-have application development platform. John Webster, Forbes columnist and Evaluator Group Senior Partner, will present a closing keynote, "In-Memory Computing and the Emergence of Tier -1 Storage," focused on the new and even higher performance persistent data storage layer that will enable broad adoption of the as yet unrealized power of real time computing.

Some additional well-known visionaries scheduled to speak include:

  • Dr. William Bain, Founder and CEO, ScaleOut Software

  • Dr. Konstantin Boudnik, VP Open Source Development WANdisco, and Member of the Apache Software Foundation

  • Michael Hay, Vice President and Chief Engineer, Hitachi Data Systems

  • Phu Hoang, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, DataTorrent

  • Nikita Ivanov, Co-Founder and CTO, GridGain Systems

  • Brian O’Krafka, Engineering Fellow, SanDisk

  • Yiftach Shoolman, Co-Founder and CTO, Redis Labs

Some of the breakout session titles include:

  • "Oracle Database In-Memory: The Next Big Thing" by Maria Colgan, Oracle

  • "Connected Cars: Driving Us to a Better Us – In Real Time" by DJ Das, ThirdEye

  • "Spark after Dark: Generating High Quality Dating Recommendations Using Advanced Real-Time Analytics" by Chris Fregly, Databricks

  • "In-Memory and More: Applications that Deliver on the Needs of the Digital Business" by Ed Julson, TIBCO

  • "NVM-Express On Linux for In-Memory Compute" by Frank Ober and Keith Bush, Intel

  • "Evolution of Pivotal Gemfire: Which Way Might the 'Apache Way' Take It?" by Roman Shaposhnik, Pivotal

"In-memory computing has proven to increase operational efficiencies with faster time-to-insight and time-to-action on big data. The In-Memory Computing Summit will drive more attention to the community, and we’re excited to take part in this first-time event," said Phu Hoang, co-founder and CEO, DataTorrent, a Platinum sponsor. "The open source DataTorrent RTS enables organizations to process huge amounts of data in a reliable, enterprise-grade manner at the speed of business."

"We are excited to be a part of the In-Memory Computing Summit, dedicated to this rapidly growing market," said Eric Frenkiel, CEO and Co-Founder, MemSQL, a Gold sponsor. "The adoption of in-memory technology has soared over the past several years, and based on what we're seeing with customers across financial services, ad tech, and other industries, storing data in memory is becoming more and more critical to analyzing data quickly and efficiently. In-memory is the key for companies that want to have tangible impact on their businesses."

"In today's hyper-connected world of incredibly fast computing, in-memory is becoming a basic requirement for businesses competing to acquire customers," says Yiftach Shoolman, CTO of Redis Labs, the leading commercial provider of popular, open source Redis software. Redis Labs is a Gold sponsor. "The In-Memory Computing Summit embodies the excitement around this new reality and provides a rich, fertile ground for discussion with thought-leading, expert IT professionals."

"We are excited to co-sponsor the inaugural In-Memory Computing Summit," said Dr. William Bain, Founder and CEO ScaleOut Software, a Gold sponsor. "After more than a decade of developing in-memory computing technology, it is terrific to see the market recognize that in-memory computing will drive the next generation of live, data-driven solutions for operational intelligence. This event will showcase how our industry is galvanizing support for our customers by delivering on the promise of this cutting-edge technology."

"There are a number of high-profile projects within the Apache Software Foundation today taking advantage of in-memory computing – Spark, Ignite (incubating) and Geode (incubating), just to name a few – that help empower developers and users with open source, community-driven software that spans virtually all performance and scalability boundaries, no matter the task," said Rich Bowen, Executive Vice President, The Apache Software Foundation. "The level of innovation that the open source community is driving has never been more obvious and exciting than today, and the inaugural In-Memory Computing Summit 2015 is the latest proof that Apache projects are leading the way to community-driven efforts for the new world of Fast Data."

Access the full agenda here.

Act Now and Get 15% Off Registration
IMC Summit 2015 offers two days of conference sessions, and there are still some tickets available. Attendees who register between June 15 and June 29, 2015 using the code FINAL15 will save 15% off the regular fee of a 2-day full conference pass ($425).

Proud Platinum sponsors of the In-Memory Computing Summit 2015 include DataTorrent, GridGain and SanDisk; Gold sponsors include MemSQL, Redis Labs, SAP, ScaleOut Software and TIBCO; and Silver sponsors include Intel, Pivotal and Third Eye Consulting. Conference partners include The Apache Software Foundation, ODBMS.ORG, and The Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA).

The In-Memory Computing Summit (IMC Summit) 2015 is the first and only industry-wide event of its kind, tailored to in-memory computing-related technologies and solutions. It is the perfect opportunity to reach technical IT decision makers as well as IT implementers and developers who make or influence purchasing decisions in the areas of in-memory computing, Big Data, Fast Data, IoT and HPC. Attendees will include CEO's, CTOs, Vice Presidents, IT directors, IT managers, data scientists, senior engineers, senior developers, architects, technologists and more. It will provide a unique forum for networking, education and the exchange of ideas — ideas that will power the new world of Fast Data. For more information, visit follow the event @IMCSummit.

GridGain is revolutionizing enterprise data access and processing by offering the first enterprise-grade In-Memory Data Fabric built on Apache IgniteTM (incubating). The GridGain In-Memory Data Fabric is designed to conquer today’s Fast Data challenges and unleash the competitive advantage of any real-time business, whether on-premises or in the cloud. Offering the most comprehensive, enterprise-grade in-memory computing solution for high-volume transactions, real-time analytics and hybrid data processing, GridGain enables Fortune 500 companies and innovative mobile, web and SaaS companies to anticipate and innovate ahead of market changes. GridGain is headquartered in Foster City, California. Download a 30-day free trial of the GridGain In-Memory Data Fabric here. For more information, visit and follow us @GridGain.

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Samantha Leggat
Lighthouse PR