Artificial Intelligence (AI) advances are finally progressing along a geometric curve thanks to cutting edge technologies like Google’s new TenserFlow Processing Unit (TPU), and NVidia’s latest Tesla V100 GPU platform. Couple these with updated products like FPGAs from Xilinx such as their Kintex, refreshed Intel Purley 32 core CPUs, and advances in storage such as NVMe appliances from companies like X-IO, computing has never been so exciting! Near-real-time analytics for High-Frequency Trading (HFT) is now possible. This topic will be thoroughly discussed at the upcoming STAC Summit in NYC this coming Monday, June 5th. Please consider joining Hollis Beall Director of Performance Engineering at X-IO at the STAC Summit 1 PM panel discussion titled “The Brave New World of Big I/O!” If you can’t make it or wish to get some background, there is Bill Miller’s Blog titled “Big Data Analytics: From Sometime Later to Real-Time” where he tips his hand at what where Hollis will be heading.