IBM Does Big Interstellar Data

April 14, 2012

Venture Beat recently reported on a new universal sized undertaking by IBM in the article, “IBM Takes on a Gigantic Computing Task to Find the Universe’s Origins.”

According to the article, IBM has won a $42 million contract to work with the Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy (ASTRON) to help decipher data from the world’s largest telescope that explores the origins of the universe. It’s known as the SKA project. Pretty cool, huh? too bad the project won’t be completed until 2024. The article states:

“The SKA project is backed by an international consortium to build the world’s largest and most sensitive radio telescope. Scientists estimate that the processing power required to operate the telescope will be equal to several millions of today’s fastest computers. The telescope will be used to explore evolving galaxies, dark matter, and data from the Big Bang, or the creation of the universe more than 13 billion years ago.”

This project has been referred to as  big data analytics to the extreme. However, while this is a very cool endeavor, we wonder why IBM hasn’t brought Watson into the mix. Oh, Watson is busy curing disease. Next up interstellar big data.

Jasmine Ashton, April 14, 2012

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