Big data refers to the exponentially growing volume of data available, which has led to a challenge for businesses and organizations looking to use the information in an effective manner. The amount of available data continues to expand because more individuals and business are using internet-connected devices, such as smartphones and tablets, which harvest data about their activity. Additionally, cloud-based storage and computing solutions allow companies and individuals to save and analyze much larger amounts of structured and unstructured data than was previously possible.
Big data related articles describe the application of big data techniques to software development. These may include descriptions of big data architectures, best practices for big data analysis, and use cases where big data is applied in practice. Topics related to big data include machine learning, analytics, artificial intelligence (AI), natural language processing (NLP), deep learning, high performance computing (HPC), NoSQL databases, and structured query language (SQL).