IBM Pushes the Pedal on Cloud, Big Data, Mobile Innovation
IBM remains aggressive in pursuing innovation in its key areas of focus, including cloud computing, big data and analytics, mobile and security, among others.IBM has been busy of late with several major announcements in areas including cloud computing, big data, security and more. In any given week, IBM is in the thick of it with new technology announcements, partnerships and other news, but over the last couple of weeks Big Blue seems to have had a little extra going on. For instance, on Nov. 15, IBM announced that scientists at ETH Zurich, a prominent Swiss university, and IBM Research, in collaboration with the Technical University of Munich and the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), have set a new record in supercomputing in fluid dynamics using 6.4 million threads on LLNL's 96-rack "Sequoia" IBM BlueGene/Q, one of the fastest supercomputers in the world. IBM said the team of scientists performed the largest simulation ever in fluid dynamics by employing 13 trillion cells and reaching an unprecedented, for flow simulations, 14.4 Petaflop sustained performance on Sequoia—73 percent of the supercomputer's theoretical peak.
In the security space, IBM recently announced that it is adding 11 additional schools to its more than 200 partnerships with universities around the globe, focusing on collaborating to bring cyber-security skills into the classroom. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in the cyber-security field is expected to grow rapidly, increasing 22 percent by 2020. As organizations transmit and store more sensitive information electronically, the need for employees with experience in cyber-security will be imperative in order to protect data in the cloud, mobile devices and traditional computing.