Open Source

Building an open seamless science cloud

A Q&A with Ezra Silvera Ezra Silvera is an IBM researcher who has been tackling the challenge of massive scale data in the cloud’s virtual machines for over a decade. In plain English, he tries to get groups of computers to work together as one virtual machine, and process petabytes of data, without anyone knowing […]

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TJBot’s World Tour: Getting Built and Making Friends

TJBot — a DIY kit to build a programmable AI cardboard robot powered by Watson — made his debut at the Watson Developer Conference less than two months ago, but already he’s been laser cut and 3D printed at locations spanning South Africa, Kenya, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Pakistan, Canada and Hong Kong. We’ve had interest […]

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60 of Kenya’s Top Talent Students Visit IBM’s Africa Lab

60 students visited IBM Research as part of Kenya’s Presidential Digital Talent Program. When the Cabinet Secretary Ministry of Kenya’s Information Communications & Technology (ICTA) contacted IBM’s Kenyan research lab three weeks ago IBM scientist Daby Sow was both excited and nervous. “The Minister wants to increase IBM’s presence in the community of Nairobi, particularly […]

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Putting the “AI” in PowerAI

A Q&A with IBM Research’s Hillery Hunter IBM’s latest Power servers come with an AI twist. Optimized for deep learning, a new so-called PowerAI toolkit will “help train the systems to think and learn in a more human-like way, at a faster pace,” as announced at SC16, the International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, […]

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Hacking anti-malarial drug resistance

The term “hacker” was once associated with someone doing some nefarious computational task, such as gaining access to a secure server. But today the term’s meaning has evolved; companies even hire “white hat” hackers to assess their network security. And hacking events, more-commonly called hackathons are organized for engineers and scientists to offer positive outcomes […]

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Tracking signals from outer space

This post is part of a series recognizing unique IBM Research projects and their unexpected ties to pop culture, with “30” or “1986” being the common thread. The series will run once a week, celebrating the 30th anniversary of IBM Research – Almaden in San Jose, CA. What is IBM’s unlikely connection to the Halley’s […]

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Blockchain, Open AI take top spots in World Economic Forum breakthroughs

Today the Top 10 Emerging Technologies 2016 list, compiled by the World Economic Forum’s Meta-Council on Emerging Technologies, was published. The list highlights technological advances its members believe have the power to improve lives, transform industries and safeguard the planet. “Horizon scanning for emerging technologies is crucial to staying abreast of developments that can radically transform […]

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Microservices get amalgam8ed

Your favorite websites, the ones that stream movies or sell books, are all made of multiple microservices. These microservices – the homepage, the shopping cart, and the customer reviews, just to name three examples – need constant monitoring, maintenance and updates. While cloud native principles (rules for apps built in the cloud) allow developers to […]

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Linear Tape File System now an International Standard

In 2011, IBM’s Linear Tape File System (LTFS) earned an Emmy Award in Engineering, after being recognized by FOX Networks for “improving the ability of media companies to capture, manage and exploit content in digital form, fundamentally changing the way that audio and video content is managed and stored.” Now, the International Standardization Organization (ISO) […]

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