IBM achieves 330TB storage on magnetic tape, set to improve ‘cloud’ applications

Magnetic tapes might be tech dinosaurs but they’re still invaluable for some applications.

IBM puts its technological might to work solving world problems under the Science for Social Good initiative

I B very happy with this.

IBM develops device which could power slums with used laptop batteries

An IBM team analyzed a sample of discarded batteries and found that they can still be used and can still provide benefits. They developed a device which uses re-usable Lithium Ion cells from discarded laptop battery packs to power low energy DC devices. They found that 70% of used batteries could still store enough power to keep an LED light on more than

Book review: ‘Smart Machines: IBM’s Watson and the Era of Cognitive Computing’

A brief incursion into the world of cognitive machines, authored by IBM’s head of research.

Breakthrough in computing: brain-like chip features 4096 cores, 1 million neurons, 5.4 billion transistors

The brain of complex organisms, such as humans but just as well other primates or even mice, is very difficult to emulate with today’s technology. IBM is moving things further in this direction after it announced the whooping features of its new brain-like chip: one million programmable neurons and 256 million programmable synapses across 4096 individual neurosynaptic cores, all made possible

Cognitive computing milestone: IBM simulates 530 billon neurons and 100 trillion synapses

First initiated in 2008 by IBM, the Systems of Neuromorphic Adaptive Plastic Scalable Electronics (SyNAPSE) program whose final goal is that of developing a new cognitive computer architecture based on the human brain. Recently, IBM announced it has reached an important milestone for its program after the company successfully simulated 10 billion neurons and 100 trillion synapses on most powerful supercomputer.

Incredible molecular imaging shows individual chemical bonds for first time

Atomic level imaging has come a long way in the past decade, and after scientists first managed to image molecular structure and even electron clouds, now a group of researchers at IBM Research Center Zurich have visually depicted how chemical bonds differentiate in individual molecules using a technique called non-contact atomic force microscopy (AFM). In the image below one can clearly see detailed

Scientists synthesize and image 5-ring graphite molecule in tribute to Olympics symbol

The 2012 London summer Olympic games are just a few weeks away, and as millions are set to flock to the city and other hundreds of millions will rejoice on the web and TV at the world’s grandest spectacle of athletic performance, it’s pretty clear this is one of the most anticipated events of the year. Every four-years people all over the

Study aims to lay ground for the first ‘green highway’

IBM has teamed up with Zapadoslovenska energetika (ZSE), the biggest electric company in Slovakia, for a feasibility study which aims to prepare Bratislava, the nation’s capitol, for plug-in electric vehicles. With this in mind, the companies will look at the best way to develop a  “green highway” between Bratislava and the neighboring Austrian city of Vienna, which is about 49 miles away. Electric vehicles

IBM to develop world’s most powerful computing system tasked with finding origins of Universe

Backed by an international consortium, ten years from now the world’s largest and most sensitive radio telescope in the world will be built – the Square Kilometer Array (SKA). The project will consist in thousands of antennas displaced across thousands of miles, with a collecting area equivalent to one square kilometer (hence the name), that will hopefully help astronomers take

IBM makes significant breakthrough towards scalable quantum computers

During the past months we’ve been reporting several breakthroughs in the field of quantum computing, and now IBM seems ready to truly pave the way for quantum computers. Researchers announced they are now able to develop a superconducting qubit made from microfabricated silicon that maintains coherence long enough for practical computation. Whoa! That probably sounds like a lot to swallow,

IBM images electric charge distribution in a SINGLE molecule – world’s first!

Part of a the recent slew of revolutionary technological and scientific novelties coming off IBM‘s research and development lab, the company has just announced that it has successfully managed to  measure and image for the first time how charge is distributed within a single molecule. The achievement was made possible after a new technique, called Kelvin probe force microscopy (KPFM), was developed. Scientists involved

IBM develops smallest storage device: 12 atoms for a single bit!

Moore’s law states that the level of technology and computing power should double every two years, and so far the postulate hasn’t been wrong in more than 50 years. A group of IBM scientists have now managed to develop a data storage technique which allows for information to be stored with as little as 12 atoms, thousands of times less

Shorties: IBM sets up supercomputer to fight climate change

IBM has recently developed a new 1.6-petaflop high-performance computer for the National Center for Atmospheric Research with the purpose of installing a new supercomputing ability and help the center’s research in atmospheric and climate change. A pentaflop is a unit of measure of a supercomputer’s performance; it is basically the ability to do a quadrillion floating point operations per second

Dubuque, USA leads the way for the smart cities of the future

The city of Dubuque, Iowa is a quite and clean city, housing a population of 60,000, making it the 8th largest city in the state. If you happen to pass through this tranquil ville you might get fooled to think this is just another town like any other, however this is not the case – Dubuque is making the transition

IBM names first female CEO

The company founded just 100 years ago publicly announced first female CEO in their history. Virginia “Ginni” Rometty, famously known for her conservative nature will take over IBM from Sam Palmisano, IBM announced on Tuesday. The veteran of technology, who is 54 takes on the corporation starting January 1, 2012, after being in charge of sales and marketing for a

Google buys 1,000s IBM patents for law suit battle

This August bought 1,023 patents from IBM in August, according to records filed at the US Patent and Trademark Office’s website. This is in addition to the 17,000 patents the Mountain View company has gained once with its recent sealed transaction with Motorola, in the course of which Google has bought off the whole cell phone manufacturer. The play here

IBM is building the largest data array in the world – 120 petabytes of storage

IBM recently made public its intentions of developing what will be upon its completion the world’s largest data array, consisting of 200,000 conventional hard disk drives intertwined and working together, adding to 120 petabytes of available storage space. The contract for this massive data array, 10 times bigger than any other data center in the world at present date, has

Homemade supercomputer made with lego is highly energy efficient

Mike Schropp can be considered a geek-tinkerer, a person whose passion for hacking, tweaking and generally setting things apart animate him day by day. His most recent project comes as a pinnacle to his self-proclaimed label, combining his passion for building computers and lego (you’d be surprised how well they come together) to build a highly efficient supercomputer. He was

Highest efficiency in the world: Nano-magnetic computers

According to a recently published study, computer processor chips made out of nano-scale magnets could yield an efficiency close to the limit imposed by physics. A 100% efficiency is impossible in practice, since any mechanical or electrical process requires more energy than it theoretically needs because of dissipation, be it heat (most of the time) or even sound. Nana-magnetic computing