IBM this week celebrates 100 years of innovation and business optimization. From punch cards to the S/360, from tabulators to teraflops, from CEO Watson to supercomputer Watson, IBM has a unique history. Take a visual tour back through the decades.
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Grand Challenges Bring Beneficial Research "Throughout its history, IBM has taken on "grand challenges" like instituting Social Security and helping the space program get off the ground. In the mid 1990s, there was Deep Blue, the computer that took on and eventually beat chess champion Gary Kasparov, as witnessed in 1998 by these IBM researchers. The project is said to have advanced clustered computing approaches. Next was Blue Gene, a project launched in 1999 to study the folding of proteins--crucial in studying certain diseases. The $100 million initiative advanced massively parallel processing (MPP) with high-speed messaging between nodes and fault tolerance, the ability to cope with failing nodes and components without bringing the entire computer down. These are hallmarks of the MPP environments of today.
The Agile ArchiveWhen it comes to managing data, donít look at backup and archiving systems as burdens and cost centers. A well-designed archive can enhance data protection and restores, ease search and e-discovery efforts, and save money by intelligently moving data from expensive primary storage systems.
2014 Analytics, BI, and Information Management SurveyITís tried for years to simplify data analytics and business intelligence efforts. Have visual analysis tools and Hadoop and NoSQL databases helped? Respondents to our 2014 InformationWeek Analytics, Business Intelligence, and Information Management Survey have a mixed outlook.