IBM to Showcase Watson and Blue Gene at ISC'11

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According to IBM’s latest newsletter, attendees at this year’s annual International Supercomputing Conference (ISC) will have the opportunity to learn how the company is delivering on their theme of High Performance Computing for a Smarter Planet.

As part of the exhibition, IBM will demonstrate their System x, POWER, and IBM Blue Gene technologies in addition to Watson, the supercomputing system that went from a modest DeepQA machine to a formidable contestant on Jeopardy! For Watson to rival the speed of its human competitors in delivering a precise answer to any given question required custom algorithms, terabytes of storage managed by GPFS, and thousands of IBM POWER7 computing cores working in a massively parallel system. Attendees will learn how this leap forward in data analytics technology is poised to impact business and science.

I’ve been working on my FlexRex parody of Watson for a while now, but it will be very cool to see this technology in person in Hamburg.