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Primeur weekly 2012-01-09

The Cloud

Dutch HPC Cloud available for users ...

China Intelligence signs contracts with the State Grid Corporation of China ...

IBM to acquire Green Hat ...

HP 3PAR systems deliver flexible, affordable and reliable storage in new Cloud offering ...

IBM acquisition of Emptoris bolsters smarter commerce initiative and helps reduce procurement costs and risks ...

Oracle unveils new release of Oracle Tuxedo 11g ...

Oracle Communications Solution processes approximately 1 billion LTE event records per hour, far exceeding industry expectations ...

Desktop Grids

Citizen Cyberscience Summit to be organized 16-18 February 2012 ...

EuroFlash

COSMOS & Miracle Consortia select SGI technology to close in on the Big Bang & exoplanets ...

European Commission awards IBM for energy efficient data centres ...

Dot Hill designs winning storage upgrade for architectural consultancy HTA ...

European Commission to support co-ordinated IT research and development initiative between Europe and India ...

Share your expertise on a global scale: ISC'12 accepting papers and tutorials ...

USFlash

Cray announces selected preliminary 2011 financial results and updates 2012 guidance ...

HP improves service levels, customer response times for First American Title ...

Tufts University professor Diane L. Souvaine named fellow of the Association of Computing Machinery ...

The National Library of Medicine explores Artificial Intelligence using two-hundred thousand real patient questions from AskTheDoctor.com ...

Down to the wire for silicon: Researchers create a wire 4 atoms wide, 1 atom tall ...

The Green Grid announces keynote speakers for its Annual Forum and Members Meeting 2012 ...

Supermicro kicks off 2012 with grand opening of Taiwan Science and Technology Park ...

New release of Oracle Database Firewall extends support to MySQL and enhances reporting capabilities ...

NEXTDC receives Perth development approval ...

More than 1,000 schools help graduates get jobs by teaching the IBM system z mainframe ...

HP delivers scalability, availability, and expertise for SAP HANA ...

The National Library of Medicine explores Artificial Intelligence using two-hundred thousand real patient questions from AskTheDoctor.com

5 Jan 2012 Bethesda - Researchers at The National Library of Medicine have teamed up with AskTheDoctor.com in a significant step towards developing intelligent computerized medical assistants for doctors. They are using thousands of real-language, unedited medical questions at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland to see if computers can interpret the tone and meaning of questions phrased by on-line patients. The NIH has also been in contact with IBM, discussing the possibility of working with IBM's supercomputer 'Watson' (of Jeopardy fame) to test these questions from AskTheDoctor.com.

NIH researchers started with 9,000 medical questions from Stanford University and the University of Minnesota but this was too small a sample size. That's when AskTheDoctor.com stepped in to help.

Over the past few years, AskTheDoctor.com has built a database of close to 200,000 unanswered medical questions. These questions have been supplied directly from users, and are consequently phrased in conversational language and not pre-scripted. It's an ideal test for the ability of computers to communicate in the real world.

"We are using artificial intelligence techniques to explore the potential of computers to understand and respond to questions asked by consumers about their health", stated Dr. Milton Corn, National Institute of Health Deputy Director. "The material provided by AskTheDoctor.com is particularly valuable to us in our computational research because the patient questions are stated in the exact language as typed by users."

Dr. Corn led NIH's first foray into the World Wide Web through the launch of Medline and the popular abstract database PubMed, used today by physicians worldwide. He approached AskTheDoctor.com because the health care questions are from real users and the answers are from physicians.

Beyond questions, the next step will be answers. Over 10,000 of the 200,000 questions on AskTheDoctor.com have been carefully answered by a team of physicians. These answers are the backbone of knowledge that millions of visitors turn to for help each year, and could also be the starting point for medical supercomputers.

"Imagine the amount of time physicians could save if they could ask a computer assistant a question and receive an instant and accurate response", stated Dr. Suneel Sharman, AskTheDoctor.com co-founder. "Currently, physicians spend a great deal of time searching in medical books and on-line while seeing a patient, to help them with their diagnosis. An intelligent computer that understands the language of patients and physicians would be a valuable asset for any doctor.
Source: AskTheDoctor.com

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Primeur weekly 2012-01-09

The Cloud

Dutch HPC Cloud available for users ...

China Intelligence signs contracts with the State Grid Corporation of China ...

IBM to acquire Green Hat ...

HP 3PAR systems deliver flexible, affordable and reliable storage in new Cloud offering ...

IBM acquisition of Emptoris bolsters smarter commerce initiative and helps reduce procurement costs and risks ...

Oracle unveils new release of Oracle Tuxedo 11g ...

Oracle Communications Solution processes approximately 1 billion LTE event records per hour, far exceeding industry expectations ...

Desktop Grids

Citizen Cyberscience Summit to be organized 16-18 February 2012 ...

EuroFlash

COSMOS & Miracle Consortia select SGI technology to close in on the Big Bang & exoplanets ...

European Commission awards IBM for energy efficient data centres ...

Dot Hill designs winning storage upgrade for architectural consultancy HTA ...

European Commission to support co-ordinated IT research and development initiative between Europe and India ...

Share your expertise on a global scale: ISC'12 accepting papers and tutorials ...

USFlash

Cray announces selected preliminary 2011 financial results and updates 2012 guidance ...

HP improves service levels, customer response times for First American Title ...

Tufts University professor Diane L. Souvaine named fellow of the Association of Computing Machinery ...

The National Library of Medicine explores Artificial Intelligence using two-hundred thousand real patient questions from AskTheDoctor.com ...

Down to the wire for silicon: Researchers create a wire 4 atoms wide, 1 atom tall ...

The Green Grid announces keynote speakers for its Annual Forum and Members Meeting 2012 ...

Supermicro kicks off 2012 with grand opening of Taiwan Science and Technology Park ...

New release of Oracle Database Firewall extends support to MySQL and enhances reporting capabilities ...

NEXTDC receives Perth development approval ...

More than 1,000 schools help graduates get jobs by teaching the IBM system z mainframe ...

HP delivers scalability, availability, and expertise for SAP HANA ...