IBM Blue Gene/P

It all started a decade and more ago when relationships suddenly became symbiotic. Then we started hearing a mélange of Silicon Valley-speak including ping, and double-click.


[For the unsullied, ping is the email equivalent of following up, tapping you on the shoulder or kicking you in the shins, depending on the situation. “Double-click” is meeting-speak as in, “So let’s double-click on that idea…”]


Next, biology started entering our vernacular. Relationships became symbiotic. Companies were imbedded with strands of DNA. People, departments and processes morphed, and things started “happening organically”.


Now the two linguistic variants are merging as IBM Blue Gene/P (yes, that must be a pun) hits the data cloud. More advanced than one of its predecessors, Deep Blue, which challenged chess master Garry Kasparov in 1997, the Blue Gene is part of a series of IBM supercomputers able to handle data in terms of petaFLOPS, or 10 to the fifteenth power. An upcoming supercomputer in the Blue Gene series, Blue Gene/Q is projected to reach 20 Petaflops sometime in 2011. 


In related news, IBM’s new Watson supercomputer has all the answers. You can ask it a question (have you seen Hal in the Kubrick film “2001”?) and Watson responds with the answer. So, rather than search engines like Google where you are given a research path and have to find the answer(s) yourself, Watson plucks the correct answer. Rather than chess, Watson plays “Jeopardy”. We hope Alex Trebek is pleased.