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E10 Jim Dowling, CEO of Logical Clocks

In episode 10 of the AI in Action, the CEO of Logical Clocks and the lead architect of Hops Hadoop Jim Dowling chat about what inspired him to set up Hops Hadoop, challenges he faced in creating it, what it was like to win the PAPI’s startup battle and more

Welcome to episode ten of the AI Ireland podcast, the show that explores the applications and implications of Data Science, Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence in Ireland.

Our goal is to share with you the insights of technologists and data science enthusiasts to showcase the excellent work that is been done within AI in Ireland.

Today’s guest is Jim Dowling, who is the CEO of Logical Clocks and the lead architect of Hops Hadoop, the world’s fastest and most scalable Hadoop distribution and only Hadoop platform with support for GPUs as a resource. Originally from Dublin, Jim is now living in Sweden where he is the Associate Professor at KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm. His research concentrates on building systems support for machine learning at scale.

In today’s really  interesting episode, you will learn about:

  • What inspired Jim to set up Hops Hadoop
  • Challenges he faced in building the first hierarchal file system with distributed metadata
  • The importance of feedback from commercial stakeholders
  • Benefits the platform can bring to their customers, such as Swedish manufacturer Scania
  • What it was like to win at the 2018 PAPI conference startup battle in London
  • The ultimate goal with Hops Hadoop and Logical Clocks
  • Jim’s predictions for what’s in store for the future of AI, including the impact of deep learning



What did you make of Jim’s podcast? Where do you see the future of AI and data science heading in the next few years? I would love to hear your thoughts so please leave a comment below.

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