ORACLE TEAM USA—Big Data Capture and Analysis

Big Data Capture and Analysis
Big Data for the Win

ORACLE TEAM USA uses big data technology to store and crunch the gigabytes of information captured during practices, trial runs, and races.

 

 

200 to 500 gigabytes of data from every run are fed into a central Oracle Database where they inform boat design, course planning, and more.

The New World of Racing

The new world of yacht racing is about data-driven insight.

The new world of yacht racing is about data-driven insight.

The world of yacht racing has changed. For more than a hundred years, sailors competed on experience and instinct, gauging wind, weather, and tactics based on patterns they had seen before.

But in just the past decade, led by the pioneering strategy of ORACLE TEAM USA, real-time data collection has produced insights and innovation simply not possible via human perception.

“Every day we go out we get a lot of information back that gets sifted through to ultimately make a better design package based on numbers,” says Andrew Campbell, tactician for ORACLE TEAM USA.

The Scale of Big Data

Up to 500 gigabytes of information is captured in every practice run.

Up to 500 gigabytes of information is captured in every practice run.

On the yacht, up to a 1,000 real-time sensors collect data on weather, ship integrity, and sailor’s health. This is fed into Oracle Database for both real-time feedback and post-activity analysis.

That volume of information is anything but trivial. Every time the crew of ORACLE TEAM USA hits the water, they generate between 250 and 500 gigabytes of raw data. And when training, the crew is on the water six days a week. It’s easy to calculate how the team accumulates terabytes of performance information in just a single season. As the cost of IoT sensors and computing power drops, the scale of data grows exponentially.

Data is stored using Oracle Exadata technology. This is the nerve center of ORACLE TEAM USA’s IT stack and the engine driving the innovation needed to win the America’s Cup.

Applying the Data to Performance

Data is used across ORACLE TEAM USA for every innovation.

Data is used across ORACLE TEAM USA for every innovation, including yacht design.

The team is able to apply the data it captures in several critical applications:

  • Real-time feedback to sailors. Even during practice runs, sailors can access crucial data points and adjust tactics to improve performance.
  • Course planning and race playbooks. Right up until minutes before the race, the team can crunch data to produce better-informed playbooks for the sailors.
  • Yacht design. Iteration, testing, and data analysis provide a feedback loop of innovation, enabling yacht engineers to optimize every curve, angle, and measurement to produce the ideal balance of speed and control.
  • Deep analysis and research. With volumes of unique weather and performance information, the team is able to gain insights unreachable without big data analysis, such as mapping the winds of the Bermuda Sound in preparation for the 35th America’s Cup.

Oracle Big Data Technology

Oracle big data technology provides organizations with a competitive edge.

Oracle big data technology provides organizations with a competitive edge.

ORACLE TEAM USA’s strategy in capturing, storing, and crunching massive amounts of information could be a playbook for any competitive organization. Procter & Gamble, a global giant operating in 180 countries, deployed Oracle Big Data to integrate structured and unstructured data across research and development, supply chain, customer interactions, and more to to help the company best serve its customers wherever they are.

Many other leaders around the world are reaping the benefits of applied big data. From solving complex process challenges to expediting innovative products to market, Oracle’s leading database, storage, and cloud computing technologies enable companies to win big with big data.


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