“Diseases could be found in the early stages…Then your doctor could prescribe an appropriate medicine, after processing your DNA analysis on his own machine,” – Nikolai Pepik, CEO, Megadata Web
By Miriam Raftery
Photo: George Toms, PhD, right; Nikolai Pepik, left, demonstrate high-speed processing capabilities of Megadata Web
February 24, 2017 (San Diego) -- Imagine processing data on your own laptop 10,000 times faster than ever before-- with complete security. That future is here—thanks to revolutionary software devised by Megadata Web, a San Diego-based technology company offering quantum leap improvements for web browsing, data mining, editing and analyzing a treasure-trove of information.
Envision each doctor’s office having the ability to analyze your DNA and predict what diseases you may get, as well as what medicines or treatments will work on specific conditions—all based on your genetics.
Consider a bank with millions of customers in branches around the world, now able to rapidly process and analyze data without compromising customers’ account security.
Imagine shopping online, and no longer having to wait for slow downloads of page after page on multiple retail sites. Within seconds, download thousands of product options and narrow down your search to find that ideal clothing or gift item in moments.
“The technology is amazing,” says Mark Hanson, CEO of the nonprofit Heartland Coalition, which is partnering with Megadata Web. (Photo: Pepik and Toms with Hanson, center)
Hanson adds, “Megadata’s innovations have applications for professionals in many fields including university researchers, election officials, bookkeepers, auto manufacturers, medical researchers, and aerospace engineers.”
The latter is no accident.
“My Ph.D. is in mathematical cybernetics,” says George Toms, Ph.D., Chief Technology Officer at Megadata Web. “We needed faster programs.” So he set out to accelerate the process.
In 1999 he joined forces with Nikolai Pepik, now Chief Executive Officer of Megadata Web. Together, they’ve evolved the technology into today’s ultra-powerful version.
“Forty to fifty years ago, big computers were slow. They handled 20,000 operations per second. Now our computers can process 2 - 3 billion commands per second,” Toms explains. Opening his laptop, he adds, “But our computer here has 4 processors, so each in parallel can do the same.”
The company helps distribute server load to thousands of user computers. You download data quickly off the server, process it offline, and then hook back up to the neck if you need to transmit information.
Megadata’s proprietary technology solves four key problems.
The first is the speed of data delivery. By formatting information in the shortest possible way and parking it on your computer, delivery speed is many times faster than through other means.
Second is speed of processing. By finding a better algorithm to process data, Toms says, “We accelerate processing data around 10,000 times.”
Third is the ability to process data offline. “When I get data, I don’t need to connected to a server anymore,” Toms states. “I can disconnect from the Internet, go on the bus or to the mountains, and I can continue working. We don’t need a server until we need to save our data.”
“We can process millions records,” says Pepik. “We have commercial applications now. For example, the company has licensed the technology to Guardian Analytics. They serve over 400 financial institution customers in the U.S.,” he adds. “To date, they’ve protected over 40 million banking accounts.”
Researchers or consumers can now conduct powerful searches with Megadata’s method. “Why not search ALL results on Google?” Toms asks, demonstrating how easily fields of data can be narrowed and searched to pinpoint results with lightning speed.
The fourth hurdle that Megadata has overcome is security, a growing concern among Internet users. By processing data on your own machine, it doesn’t go through a network or into a cloud, “so nobody can hack it or grab it,” Pepik points out. “It can be 100 percent secure because you can work offline.”
One of the most exciting applications is in medicine.
“Our genome is 3.5 gigabytes for just one strand. That’s 35 billion characters,” Toms says, displaying a DNA image on his laptop screen. “We can search your DNA string to see if medicine will work, or if disease could be a problem in the future.”
Pepik adds, “Diseases could be found in the early stages,” since genetic diseases show DNA damage. Then your doctor could prescribe an appropriate medicine, after processing your DNA analysis on his own machine. The physician could even determine which drugs would work on the condition, whether a patient with cancer would respond to chemotherapy, and which vitamins or diet should be recommended.
Major potential application of Megadata Web’s technology would be to boost the worldwide Internet. “Can you imagine the Internet 50 times faster if the worldwide Internet adopted this?” Pepik asks. “This is a very powerful tool, and it’s the most sophisticated, yet unprecedented in its simplicity. We analyzed the ten top companies in the world doing software analytics,” he concludes,” and we believe we are the best.”
The challenge of storing massive amounts of data continues to grow. “There are millions of terabytes. It’s a huge problem to process this data, and every six months, the data doubles,” Toms observes. “There was no good software to process this, but now we’re here--with software to process data securely and faster offline. Nobody can touch what we do now.”
You can learn more about Megadata Web by visiting the company’s website at http://www.megadataweb.com/.
Disclosure: Nikolai Pepik is a member of the Advisory Board for the Heartland Coalition, a 501 (3) nonprofit and parent organization and publisher of East County Magazine.