IT & Network Infrastructure : IBM`s Watson: 16 Things You May Not Know About Its Hardware Muscle

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2011-02-24 Print this article Print
IBM's Watson: 16 Things You May Not Know About Its Hardware Muscle

IBM's Watson: 16 Things You May Not Know About Its Hardware Muscle

by Darryl K. Taft
Watson—IBM's Jeopardy-winning computer—showcased the refined capabilities of the computer giant's technologically advanced, workload-optimized systems. During its three-night stretch on the TV game show, Watson ran on the latest IBM Power7 technology, which can manage the most demanding applications, such as real-time analytics. While Watson's QA (question-answering) technology was an IBM research breakthrough and will emerge into the market over time, Watson's other IBM systems are commercially available and in use in companies worldwide today. For instance, the IBM Smart Analytics System contains components that are alive in Watson. The Smart Analytics System represents a high-performance, easy-to-maintain, component-based infrastructure that leverages pre-tuned and pre-integrated IBM hardware, software and storage capabilities to create business-changing insights. The IBM analytics "appliance is but one of a wide variety of systems technologies that relate to Watson. This eWEEK slideshow takes a look at 16 things you may not know about the muscle behind Watson.
Darryl K. Taft covers the development tools and developer-related issues beat from his office in Baltimore. He has more than 10 years of experience in the business and is always looking for the next scoop. Taft is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and was named 'one of the most active middleware reporters in the world' by The Middleware Co. He also has his own card in the 'Who's Who in Enterprise Java' deck.

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