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Monday, May 1 • 7:00am - 7:40am
(Virtual) The Rise of Vector Databases - Lessons from the Milvus Community - Frank Liu & Charles Xie, Zilliz

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The total amount of digital data generated worldwide is increasing at a rapid rate. Simultaneously, approximately 80% (and growing) of this newly generated data is unstructured data - data that does not conform to a table- or object-based model. Examples of unstructured data include text, images, protein structures, geospatial information, and IoT data streams. Despite this, the vast majority of companies and organizations do not have a way of storing and analyzing these increasingly large quantities of unstructured data. Embeddings - high-dimensional, dense vectors which represent the semantic content of unstructured data - can remedy this. Armed with this knowledge, it's clear that the mobile/IoT era necessitates a new type of cloud-native, fully distributed database purpose-built to store, search, and index large quantities of embedding vectors: the vector database. In this presentation, we'll introduce some of the interesting production use cases we've seen with Milvus - the world's most popular open source vector database. Additionally, we'll discuss pitfalls and challenges associated with integrating Milvus into a production data/ML stack. Finally, we'll wrap up with a discussion on ongoing community feedback and future plans for Milvus.

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Frank Liu

Director of Operations & ML Architect, Zilliz
Frank Liu is the Director of Operations and ML Architect at Zilliz with over 8 years of industry experience in machine learning and hardware engineering. Prior to joining Zilliz, Frank co-founded an IoT startup based in Shanghai and worked as a ML Software Engineer at Yahoo in San... Read More →

Charles Xie

CEO, Zilliz
Charles Xie is the founder and CEO of Zilliz, and the inventor of the Milvus vector database system. He is currently a board member of LF AI & Data Foundation, and before that he served as the board's chairperson in 2020 and 2021. Prior to Zilliz, Charles was a founding engineer of... Read More →

Monday May 1, 2023 7:00am - 7:40am PDT
  Open AI & Data Forum, Data