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What do IBM i and Watson have in common?

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In February 2011, in one of the most significant events of IBM’s 100-year history, a computer called Watson competed and won against Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter in the “Jeopardy!” IBM Challenge. Watson represented a breakthrough in the computer science of natural-language processing and text analytics, paving the way for a new class of industry-specific cognitive analytics applications. Of course, Watson was very powerful, but it was no supercomputer. Watson ran on Power 750 servers with POWER7, the very same servers and processors used by businesses running IBM i all over the world.

For 10 years, the POWER processor has been at the forefront of both technical and commercial computing. It has fueled breakthroughs in the science of the human genome with Blue Gene. The POWER processor is even onboard Mars Rovers. But most important to IBM i, the processor has brought industry-leading compute-intensive performance to commercial servers at a time of transition in the industry. Big data is growing exponentially and the POWER processor is designed to fuel the new applications that process it. Mobile applications, social media applications and business analytics are all driven by the latest scalable and high-performance POWER7+ processor.

Who knows? You might just see IBM i come up as a question on a future “Jeopardy!” episode.


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