How it all Started
Necessity is the mother of invention. And so it was at Harvard when Todd Mostak spent hours, sometimes days, waiting for answers to his queries. His thesis topic: the Arab Spring. His data set: millions of tweets on Twitter. His problem: one had to use the entire dataset to run his queries. Unable to access a big cluster of CPU servers, Todd dared to ask "what if I created my own query engine that uses the massive parallelism of GPU cards to accelerate the queries?" Thus, the original MapD software was born. Soon after Todd was selected to continue his research at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL), under the supervision of luminaries Sam Madden and Michael Stonebraker. Todd went on to start MapD in 2013 and today is our CEO and No.1 evangelist.