24 febrero, 2014

IBM POWER: From RS/6000 to IBM Watson


HELP400 | This February the POWER architecture celebrates its 24th anniversary. In 1990, IBM released the RISC System/6000, shortened to IBM RS/6000. The multi-chip architecture of this new system was given the name POWER1, standing for “Performance Optimized With Enhanced RISC,” and is the direct ascendant of today’s high-performance, low-energy-consumption line of IBM Power Systems.

In the years since the introduction of RISC architecture design, processors have advanced and become more powerful than many would have believed possible. IBM has been there along the way, driving innovation in processor design. Throughout the past 24 years, IBM’s RISC-based processors have been used in servers and routers, automobile engines, gaming systems and jet control systems, and even spacecraft.

IBM also uses RISC-based processors in all of its supercomputers. The IBM Blue Gene series of supercomputers and Watson, the machine that competed on, and won, the Jeopardy! quiz show in February 2011, feature POWER processors.

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