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Embracing the Cognitive World Every Day with IBM Systems

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OK, so it was time. I didn’t have an excuse anymore. That I had a report due at work, or that the holidays were coming, or that I had to go to the dentist.

It was finally time to do something that I had avoided for almost a year. Something that was even worse, if you can believe it, than preparing my taxes. It was time to make the dreaded updates to my insurance policy.

These were not the sort of quick changes that I could easily do online or rapidly with a phone call. These were excruciatingly detailed updates to all of my policies–home, auto and personal. They came with multiple liabilities, multiple schedules and multiple riders. I would need to block out many hours of the day for this one. And suffer the nightmare involved in these complex negotiations with my insurance agent to hedge against the risk of an ugly, contingent, uncertain loss.

As it turned out, my foray into policy updates ended up taking weeks, not hours. The complexity of the millions of arcane rules around these types of policies is mind-boggling. Are you living in the state of Ohio with 3 1/2 baths? How many boats do you own? Gosh forbid you have any male teenage drivers. Or a dog.

But this very situation is actually a typical everyday situation where cognitive computing can really shine . . .

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XIV, Storwize, and Jane Eyre for 200

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Some books are so good that they make you forget what century you are living in. And who you are and what you do. You forget to make dinner. You forget to feed the dog.

This week I’ve been rereading one of my all time favorite novels — Jane Eyre. It is an amazing book for me because not only do I forget everything else but the emotional ups and downs of the passionate unconventional heroine are truly tremendous.

And that’s exactly how I felt last night watching Watson on Jeopardy!. Oh wow, the Yorktown IBM building looks so good. Oh great, Watson is doing so well. Oh no, Watson missed that one. Do I really want humans to lose?

As you saw last night, efficiency is important for Watson. And the same is true for today’s IBM storage announcements. Storage efficiency is the goal – store less, move data to the right place, get more from what’s on the floor. The announcements include ability to:

  • Speed deployment with IBM® Storwize® Rapid Application Storage solution
  • Compress data in real time and store up to 5 times more data on the same disk without performance degradation with IBM Real-Time Compression
  • Improve application performance with IBM XIV® Storage Systems support for VMware
  • Reduce risk with IBM FastBack for Storwize V7000, an IP-based solution for disaster recovery and business continuity
  • Read here for all the exciting news about IBM systems announcements today.

    I’ve read that some viewers thought the IBM Jeopardy! challenge was wonderful, others thought it was more of an infomercial. But I think that everyone agrees that one of the most entertaining parts is when Watson gets it wrong. And you realize that even 90 POWER7 systems can miss a nuance. But then again, how many humans actually learn from their mistakes?

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    February 15, 2011 at 2:08 pm

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    POWER7 vs. Ken and Brad

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    I try to be a social media maven but I am certainly not a social butterfly. Amazingly enough I have been invited to not one but two parties the week after next.

    These parties happen to be "watch parties." To celebrate the event of the IBM Watson system playing on Jeopardy! And boy am I excited.

    There’s been so much already written around this event and we are counting down the days. But have you heard about the actual system being used and its performance? Let’s take a closer look.

  • Watson is a workload optimized system designed for complex analytics made up of IBM Power 750 systems that you could actually purchase today.
  • Watson contains 90 32-core IBM Power 750 servers (2880 POWER7 cores, 360 3.55 GHz chips), 16 TB memory, 4 TB disk, all on 10 racks.
  • Watson runs Linux which provides a scalable, open platform, optimized to exploit POWER7 performance for this "Big Data."
  • Watson integrates massively parallel POWER7 processors and DeepQA software to answer Jeopardy! questions. The response time is under three seconds per decision.
  • Performance of this system is 80 teraflops — that’s in trillions of operations per second — based on the LINPACK benchmark.
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    So watch the Nova special on Watson on February 9. Watch the competition February 14-16.

    I know who I’m going to put my money on. But whatever happens, remember what we always told the kids. It doesn’t really matter whether you win or lose, it’s how you play the game. And Watson sure does play it well.

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    February 10, 2011 at 3:31 pm

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