Fastdata.io是一家实时流数据处理公司，来自加州圣莫尼卡，成立于2016年。近日，该公司宣布已经顺利完成新一轮500万美元的融资，由早期风险投资机构CrossCut和老牌风险投资公司Pelion Venture Partners共同领投，原有投资方英伟达跟投。
这家初创企业的主要理念，就是通过自己的流数据处理软件引擎，利用图形处理器来加速各种实时数据的处理过程。此次新一轮融资的消息，由公司在加州圣何塞英伟达图形处理器技术大会（GPU Technology Conference）上正式对外公布。
公司首席执行官Alen Capalik在一项声明中表示：“FDIO Engine不仅能够提高效率，还能降低成本，可以让那些全新的应用程序体会到第一次以自己满意的速度来处理数据是一种什么样的感觉，这一点是其他软件所无法做到的。传统的批量处理数据，需要在处理之前先把数据保存下来。而现在的实时处理数据，则是先进行处理，后决定是否需要保存。这样一种方法上的转变，能够为各行各业的应用程序开发打开全新大门，提供更多前所未有的发展机遇。”
英伟达业务发展副总裁Jeff Herbst则表示：“我们很早就投资了这家公司，因而也就很快发现，将实时流数据处理带入基于图形处理器的分析系统，的确是一件至关重要的事情。我们不仅大力支持这家公司的发展，也大力支持其FDIO Engine软件的发展，希望未来能够看到更为高效、更为快速的数据处理和互动。”
Fastdata.io, a real-time stream processing company, today announced it has raised a $5M seed round co-led by CrossCut and Pelion Venture Partners with participation from existing investor NVIDIA. Fastdata.io will use the financing to accelerate the adoption of its high performance computing software, FDIO Engine?, the first GPU-native software, which exploits the massively parallel processing capability of NVIDIA graphics processing units (GPUs) to provide real-time stream processing of big data in motion.
FDIO Engine is the world's fastest and most efficient stream processing software and was designed to meet the critical and growing demand for efficient, real-time big data processing. By processing complex algorithms against terabytes of live streaming data, FDIO Engine accelerates stream processing up to 1,000 times faster than any CPU-based software. It also reduces total real-time data processing costs by more than seventy percent and power and space requirements by more than ninety-eight percent in the data center whether running in the public cloud or on private servers. This new level of efficiency will save billions of dollars in power costs while tremendously reducing greenhouse emissions.
Fastdata.io will launch and demo its FDIO Engine at the NVIDIA GPU Technology Conference on March 26-29 in San Jose.
"FDIO Engine offers unmatched efficiency and cost savings, allowing new applications to truly exploit data processing at the speed of thought for the first time," said Alen Capalik, CEO and founder of fastdata.io. "This paradigm shift, from traditional batch processing where you must store data before processing to true real-time processing where you can process data before deciding to store it, will open exciting new possibilities for application development in numerous industries."
FDIO Engine is the first software to natively run on the GPU Data Frame (GDF), which uses the Apache Arrow columnar format to represent data on the GPU. GDF is the data format supported by the GPU Open Analytics Initiative (GoAi).
"NVIDIA GPU Ventures were early investors into fastdata.io as we quickly recognized the importance of bringing real-time stream processing capability into the GPU-accelerated analytics ecosystem," said Jeff Herbst, vice president of business development at NVIDIA. "We are huge supporters of both GDF and the fastdata.io business plan, and see them essentially 'paving the freeway' for faster, highly efficient data communication between GPU-based software solutions."
Ben Lambert of Pelion Venture Partners and Brian Garrett of CrossCut will join Fastdata.io's Board of Directors, along with cybersecurity expert and retired four-star Admiral William Fallon. Admiral Fallon is a former head of both U.S. Pacific Command and U.S. Central Command. He has led U.S. and Allied forces in eight separate commands at the highest levels of the United States government during his 41 years of leadership and service.
"We love seeing frontier tech like fastdata.io getting started right here in Los Angeles, as it is a testament to the growing technology diversity of the Southern California tech ecosystem," said Brian Garrett of CrossCut. "Fastdata.io is poised to transform the big data and streaming analytics space, utilizing GPUs to offer a level of performance and efficiency never seen before in data processing."
"Fastdata.io will create endless innovative opportunities for businesses in industries that need real-time stream processing like finance, security, ad-tech, telecom, cloud, AI, Internet of Things, autonomous vehicles, and robotics," said Ben Lambert of Pelion Venture Partners. "Alen and the fastdata.io team have a deep technology background and an impressive history of creating new categories in the cybersecurity space. We're excited to work with them and see the many ways that companies will now leverage real-time data to drive new technologies forward."