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Graphics Chips Help Process Big Data Sets in Milliseconds

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Twitter visualization

New visualization technology tales just milliseconds to turn tens or hundreds of millions of data points into maps and animations like this example showing the frequency of the word rain in tweets across the country.

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New software can use the graphics processors found on everyday computers to process torrents of data more quickly than is normally possible, opening up new ways to visually explore everything from Twitter posts to political donations.

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