IBM Systems Magazine, Power Systems - July 2017 - 11
POWER8 is ready to tackle client challenges in the cognitive era
By Kristin Lewotsky k Photography by Matt Carr
or patients with critical
in a clinical trial can be
life changing, if not lifesaving.
Before that can happen, however,
the patient must be admitted
to the trial. Traditionally, that
entailed sifting through protocols
for open trials to find relevant
opportunities. Next, medical
teams cross-referenced the
frequently complex and arcane
eligibility criteria with the mass
of structured and unstructured
data in patient medical records
to find a match. The painstaking
process resembled a treasure hunt
rather than a scientific search.
Meanwhile, for the patient, every
Imagine a computing platform
that can perform that same
comprehensive, global search in
a snap. Instead of waiting days
or weeks for useful information,
a doctor could call up a list of
clinical trial options while the
patient sits in the doctor's office.
At each appointment, the patient
could be fully informed of their
options, ranked by relevance and
While this sounds like a dream
for the future, it's reality today
via cognitive computing (ibm.
co/2oIo6nu). It just requires the
right infrastructure, the right
software and the deep-learning
heroes in the IT department
capable of bringing it together.
Healthcare is an obvious example
of artificial intelligence (AI)
Cognitive computing provides new tools for solving previously unsolvable problems-or new problems entirely.
Total data in the world will reach 44 ZB by 2020, with demand for on-premises storage rising 23 percent annually.
Although cognitive computing and artificial intelligence are associated with the public cloud, organizations increasingly
apply it in private-cloud environments.
To enable line of business to realize their visions, IT professionals need to become deep-learning heroes.
The POWER8 chip boasts twice the number of cores as x86 servers, along with as much as five times the memory
bandwidth and three times the memory cache. These functionalities are designed to help the Power Systems platform
meet cognitive computing challenges.
PowerAI, which includes major open-source frameworks such as Tensorflow and Caffe, is designed to make deep
learning, machine learning and AI more accessible to deploy on a private cloud.
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