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IBM Rolls Out New Power 7 With Watson Power

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Elementary.

IBM has announced new workload-optimized POWER7 systems, including a performance boost to the Power 750 – the same server used in Watson, the Jeopardy! winner.

New are the 16-core, single-wide IBM BladeCenter PS703 and 32-core, double-wide IBM BladeCenter PS704 blade servers, which give clients an alternative to sprawling racks.

The enhanced IBM Power 750 Express, the same system that powers Watson, has been upgraded with several options, including a faster POWER7 processor that offers more than three times the performance of comparable 32-core servers, such as Oracle's SPARC T3-2 server, and more than twice the performance of HP's Integrity BL890c i2.

"We are running billions of intense calculations based on Einstein's theory of relativity on the POWER7 blades," said Gaurav Khanna, professor of physics at UMass-Dartmouth. "Running POWER7, I'm able to get results as much as eight times faster than running the same calculations on an Intel Xeon processor. Calculations that used to take a month to run are now finished in less than a week. This means that I can do eight times more science in the same timeframe than I could do before."

So yes, it can play… Jeopardy!

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    macelo , April 14, 2011 1:11 PM
    but can it play crysis?
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    The_King , April 14, 2011 1:25 PM
    My i7 can do that in half the time
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    opmopadop , April 14, 2011 1:34 PM
    Quote:
    Calculations that used to take a month to run are now finished in less than a week. This means that I can do eight times more science in the same timeframe than I could do before


    So thats less than a 5 day working week yeah?

    Get Watson to answer this one.

    Im going back to doing more science while I wait for the answer...
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    meat81 , April 14, 2011 2:04 PM
    Well it definitely can play a Crysis 2 port!!!!!!!!
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    artax33 , April 14, 2011 2:05 PM
    Quote:
    This means that I can do eight times more science...

    Sounds a little like GLaDOS in Portal.
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    K2N hater , April 14, 2011 2:45 PM
    I'm sure the professor will find a way to make calculations so complex it will take a month to complete.
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    NapoleonDK , April 14, 2011 3:38 PM
    artax33Sounds a little like GLaDOS in Portal.
    ^^This. :D 
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    igot1forya , April 14, 2011 3:49 PM
    "Calculations that used to take a month to run are now finished in less than a week. This means that I can do eight times more science in the same timeframe"

    Did I miss something in my math? I count only 4x as much work, certainly by "less than a week" he means, "less than 4 days" because a week is still 7 days and a month is a 28-31 days, last I checked.

    2+2=5 for large instances of 2? Perhaps...
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    virtualban , April 14, 2011 4:38 PM
    macelobut can it play crysis?

    I would dare ask a more frightening question: When will "it" advance enough to be called "he" or "she"?
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    back_by_demand , April 14, 2011 5:19 PM
    If its called Watson i'm pretty sure it's a "He"
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    virtualban , April 14, 2011 5:25 PM
    or, Watson can be the surname. Miss Priscilla Watson for example.
    (no affinity, just a name that popped into my head)
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    vittau , April 14, 2011 8:49 PM
    K2N haterI'm sure the professor will find a way to make calculations so complex it will take a month to complete.
    I know a way:

    while(true){}

    There, that should take quite a while (excuse the pun). =P
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    Anonymous , April 14, 2011 9:59 PM
    Okay guys read the article it says "as much as eight times faster". That would mean that sometimes it might be 4 days instead of a month. Sometimes it might be 6 days instead of a month. He included both of those options by saying less than a week.
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    Kileak , April 14, 2011 11:47 PM
    But... can it divide by zero?
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    quixilver1 , April 15, 2011 3:26 AM
    When you say can it play Crysis, do you mean run Crysis, or can it really play Crysis?
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    opmopadop , April 15, 2011 4:41 AM
    AdenskHe included both of those options by saying less than a week.


    Look, I agree, but its Friday so today I nit pick and drink beer while reading Toms. The quote sais "...I can do eight times more science..."

    Just raising the fact that the words coming out of this guys word hole are dumb. He probably should have spent more time thinking about what he was saying, instead of doing "More Science".
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    g00ey , April 15, 2011 10:03 AM
    There's nothing 'elementary' about it. The name Watson is from IBM's founder Tom Watson and has nothing to do with Sherlock Holmes.
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    captaincharisma , April 15, 2011 4:04 PM
    i hope they put an auto destruct option on it for when it start developing feelings and emotions :) 
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    f-14 , April 15, 2011 7:31 PM
    for all you crysis bumbs, you should be asking :
    "is it SkyNet?"