By Steve Hamm
Chief Storyteller, IBM
When Tom Rosamilia took command of IBM’s hardware division in early 2013, he faced a huge challenge. With the POWER systems, IBM made the world’s most capable server computers, yet sales were declining and there was no quick recovery in sight. One critical issue: the company’s high-end servers didn’t have a foothold in the fast-growing market for consumer- and public-cloud services.
A possible answer to Tom’s problem walked through his office door the first week he was on the job–in the person of Bradley McCredie, the chief technology officer for the hardware division. Brad urged him to make a radical change: Open IBM’s proprietary processor and system technology for use and modification by others.
The two men had discussed the idea previously–a number of times, in fact. But now Tom was in charge and Brad argued that the time had come to make a decision. “I said, ‘Let’s go for it,’” recalls Tom.
By Tom Rosamilia
IBM has always taken the long view of its business strategy, continuously reinventing – from divesting its PC business to more recently its x86 business.
Today’s announcement that GLOBALFOUNDRIES plans to acquire IBM’s global commercial semiconductor technology business is one more step in the company’s reinvention. The Agreement reinforces IBM’s clear path, commitment and vision for systems and hardware.
IBM’s proven model for success is driven by focusing on the high-value segments of our systems portfolio driven by the unique innovation that only IBM can bring. GLOBALFOUNDRIES’ business model is to innovate through high-volume semiconductor manufacturing, which is enhanced by economies of scale.
If you’ve been following IBM’s hardware business closely, you’ve heard us talk about the need to continuously transform our business. OpenPOWER, Software-Defined Storage, Flash memory, connecting mobile and the mainframe and the sale of our x86 business to Lenovo are a few of the most recent examples. Continue Reading »
By Steve Hamm
The idea of making machines modeled on the human brain has thrilled and confounded scientists since the earliest days of computing in the 1940s. The brain is a remarkable organ. Thanks to this spongy mass the size of a grapefruit, which uses just 20 watts of power, we humans understand complex concepts, navigate the physical world, and create marvelous things—from spacecraft to sonnets.
Not surprisingly, imitating the brain has proven to be incredibly difficult. Conventional computers don’t even try. They use linear logic and hard-wired circuitry to calculate, send messages, analyze data and organize knowledge consuming enormous amounts of power while failing to match the brain’s protean capabilities.
But, today, we’re at a turning point in the history of computing. The SyNAPSE team at IBM Research, funded by the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and aided by scientists from several universities, has demonstrated powerful yet energy-efficient neuromorphic chip that has the potential to help fulfill the dreams of the computer industry’s pioneers. “I hope this will inspire completely different thinking about what computing can do,” says Dharmendra S. Modha, IBM Fellow and principal investigator of the SyNAPSE Project.
An article about the breakthrough was published today by Science magazine.
By Sandy Carter
For centuries, playgrounds have provided children around the world with a place to explore, grow new skills and advance their mental, social and athletic abilities. Today, a new type of playground has emerged that is a bit different than your typical sandbox, monkey bars and tire swings.
This playground is the cloud and it has emerged as the ultimate developer playground, providing a platform for exploring new methods and quickly transforming an innovative idea into a reality. Continue Reading »
Fifty years ago, IBM placed a big bet on the future of computing when it introduced System/360, the first integrated family of computers aimed at both scientific and business uses. In the subsequent years, the mainframe helped to transform industries and society. It was instrumental in the modernization of banking, retail, government, manufacturing and other activities. While only a few people actually touched a mainframe computer, it touches nearly everybody’s life in some way–from your ATM machine to your doctor’s office.
IBM will officially celebrate the introduction of the mainframe with its Mainframe50 global event starting at 2:00 p.m. US Eastern Time today. At the event, IBM will look at what new innovations are coming to the mainframe, real-world stories from mainframe users and officially announce the winner of the Global Master the Mainframe competition.
View the livestream video and Tweet to #Mainframe50.
By Erich Clementi
When Thomas J. Watson Sr. renamed a small New York manufacturing firm International Business Machines in 1924, it was both a reflection of his outsized ambitions and a projection of his belief that business would go global in the 20th century. He was right on both counts. Since then, IBM has led the way in enabling companies to become multinational organizations even while it has emerged as a globally integrated enterprise–with more than 430,000 employees doing business in 170 countries.
Today, IBM is taking steps to lead yet another wave of change in business and technology—one that promises to transform organizations, business models and the way work is done. We’re taking cloud computing global. Continue Reading »
By Rod Adkins
Earlier this month, I had the privilege of delivering the fall commencement address for my alma mater, Georgia Tech. More importantly, I also had the pleasure of watching my youngest son receive his diploma. This generational juxtaposition gave me an opportunity to highlight the ways in which my son and his fellow graduates will create innovations for a smarter planet that prior generations like mine could only dream of.
Data has become this generation’s new natural resource and, when combined with a new era of computing, it will enable today’s graduates to create previously unimaginable advances in whatever fields they choose to pursue. Continue Reading »
The first era of computing was defined by simple calculations. The second era, beginning in the 1940s, introduced us to programmable systems. Now we’re entering the era of cognitive computing. In this era we will have machines that will learn, reason, sense, predict and interact more naturally with human beings. IBM Watson is a significant step in that direction and is currently working with doctors to fight cancer.
By Richard Silberman, Writer/Researcher, IBM Communications
For the past four years, Yu Deng has had her head in the cloud – working on nearly 20 cloud computing inventions for which she has filed or received patents. An IBM Master Inventor and researcher in services analytics and knowledge management, Deng is lead or co-inventor on innovations that will make cloud computing easier, more accessible and more affordable.
Deng’s work at IBM’s Thomas J. Watson Research Center, in Yorktown Heights, N.Y., is helping define a new type of cloud service delivery model and propel cloud computing into the future. One of Deng’s key ideas, which is up for patent, would help make catalog management flexible and extensible over the cloud. Continue Reading »