Posts by Ari Gesher

VizWeek 2009: Awards and Workflow

We put up a post last year on the 2008 VAST Grand Challenge. Well, the IEEE VAST Challenge 2009 is over and the awards are in. We had another strong year, scoring two awards: Grand Challenge: Analyst’s Tool Choice (Of 48 submissions, only 3 Grand Challenge awards were given) Intuitive Traffic Visualization and Video Description [...]

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Palantir: search with a twist (part one: memory efficiency)

A Palantir cluster seamlessly integrates many pieces of proven technology. One of them is our customized version of the venerable Java search engine, Lucene. Search engine technology tends to be optimized for the common use case of indexing web documents (or similar information architectures) where you have a few search terms in each query and [...]

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JavaInvoke allows you to spawn additional Java VMs during testing

Here at Palantir we use test-driven development (or TDD for short). Integrated tools like Eclipse and JUnit simplify writing and running unit tests. However, once you need to test a broader swath of functionality, it’s time to write functional, integration, and system tests. While technically not ‘unit testing’, the testing framework that JUnit provides is [...]

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In the spirit of the season: The Family Giving Tree

Palantir is an intense place to work. There are people here around the clock (since developers set their own schedules) and folks and equipment arriving and leaving all the time. We’re a very focused bunch, trying to change the world as fast as we can by creating a whole new class of tools. However, we’re [...]

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VizWeek 2008: awards and workflow

As we mentioned in an earlier post, Palantir was recently invited to the IEEE’s VisWeek in Dayton Ohio, and was honored to be invited to participate in the VAST Interactive Challenge as part of VisWeek. After winning an award for Interactive Visual Analytic Environment, Palantir was one of three teams selected to participate in the [...]

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Palantir in the wild: Palantir Government Conference

On Oct. 9th, Palantir hosted our quarterly Government Conference in the DC area. The idea was to bring together customers of Palantir Government from across the defense and intelligence community to create a forum for them to: Talk candidly about their experiences using Palantir Discuss the many different domains they apply our technology against, everything [...]

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We bring data to life: Palantir & the VAST Challenge

Palantir has entered the 2008 VAST Challenge. We present an in-depth look at one of our challenge solutions as the first public example of the Palantir platform in action. Two years ago, the IEEE began an annual conference called VAST (Visual Analytics in Science and Technology). The VAST symposium focuses on the fundamental research contributions [...]

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Palantir Screenshots: Round Two

About 10 months ago, we released set of nine screenshots from our applications. Time has passed and we have not stopped working; the look of the applications has evolved. Here are some updated screenshots:   

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SSL HOWTO: using openssl to get keys into PKCS#12 format.

Some of our customers are pretty serious about data security. To that end, our products need to support and integrate with SSL for both data security and authentication. SSL is very neat technology, but there is a dizzying maze of standards to navigate to figure how to get it all to work. It turns out [...]

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James Gosling comes to visit

Following the discovery that our offices were the birthplace of Java (or least the place where it had its childhood), I invited James Gosling to come visit. For those that don’t know who James Gosling is, he’s more-or-less the father of Java. Java started as a project of James Gosling’s in 1991; today, 17 years [...]

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