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Primeur weekly 2016-05-09

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NIST's Robert Bohn and Oxford University's David Wallom expand on Cloud standards and the Cloud landscape ...

With trust, openness and empowerment, there is a bright future for Cloud computing, according to Microsoft's Elena Bonfiglioli ...

Quantum computing

IBM makes quantum computing available on IBM Cloud to accelerate innovation ...

Quantum logical operations realized with single photons ...

Focus on Europe

Celebrating HPC and research at University College London ...

Still time to save on ISC 2016 registration - Register by May 11 ...

Current status of the Flemish supercomputer ...

Middleware

Bright Computing names Bill Griffin as Chief Financial Officer ...

Hardware

Invitation to participate in HPC Site Census study ...

CSRA to deliver high capacity connectivity to support education priorities in Alabama ...

Cray reports first quarter 2016 financial results ...

Applications

SDSC researchers publish book on using GPU accelerators for nanosciences ...

Movidius announces deep learning accelerator and Fathom software framework ...

GPU-powered systems take top spot and set new record in Student Supercomputer Competition ...

Fine-tuning forecasts of nighttime storms on the plains ...

Sudden collapse: Supercomputing spotlight on gels ...

BSC and IrsiCaixa create bioinformatics method to predict the effectiveness of antiretroviral drugs with different HIV mutations ...

University of Wyoming faculty have until May 22 to apply for supercomputer use ...

Webinar on performance tuning and optimization of GROMACS ...

IBM and SK Holdings C&C Alliance brings Watson and the cognitive era to South Korea ...

IBM and SK Holdings C&C Alliance brings Watson and the cognitive era to South Korea

8 May 2016 Seoul, New York City - IBM and SK Holdings C&C Ltd., a South Korean IT services company, plan to bring IBM's Watson cognitive services to South Korea. The strategic alliance, which includes training Watson to understand Korean, is designed to dramatically accelerate the adoption of cognitive computing throughout the region, giving South Korea-based developers a set of localized APIs and services they can use to help create their own applications and build new businesses.

Making Watson available in South Korea strengthens SK Holdings C&C's commitment to foster the growth of cognitive and Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies throughout the region. SK Holdings C&C will run Watson and IBM Bluemix from its Pangyo Cloud Center, in support of universities, developers, and local businesses, across diverse industries including banking, telecommunications, health and government.

With the addition of Korean, IBM will increase the system's conversational languages to eight including: English, French, Italian, Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, Japanese, and Arabic. Watson's ability to understand Korean builds upon nearly five years of research and development driven by leading scientists at IBM Research - Tokyo. Due to a complex sentence structure, syntax and verb conjugation, Korean is widely considered one of the most challenging languages for native English speakers to learn. Like any major language, there are many unique idioms that must be fully understood for human interaction.

"Watson remains at the forefront of cognitive computing: advanced systems that learn at scale, understand with meaning, reason with purpose and interact with humans in natural ways", stated David Kenny, general manager, IBM Watson. "The South Korean marketplace is moving quickly to embrace the disruptive opportunities from next generation technology. Our strategic alliance with SK Holdings C&C will put cognitive services in the hands of more businesses and developers, allowing them to apply Watson within their organizations to help transform entire industries and professions."

South Korea's economy - named the world's most innovative economy by the 2016 Bloomberg Innovation index - is poised for transformation by this type of technology.

"This alliance highlights SK's dedication to growing our artificial intelligence-based data services business, strengthening our AI leadership position, as well as spurring innovation and AI adoption across Korea", stated Park Jung-ho, CEO, SK Holdings C&C.

The two companies are establishing new programs to fast track access to IBM's cognitive services, working closely with local and regional businesses to encourage development of new enterprise and consumer use cases for a variety of industries.

IBM and SK Holdings C&C will help developers work with Watson's advanced conversational capabilities to help improve the mobile device experience; and improve consumers' call centre interactions. SK Holdings C&C will also explore ways to embed cognitive into new form factors such as robotics.

With this deal as momentum, SK Holdings C&C plans to actively invest in fostering talents in the artificial intelligence (AI) field through industrial-academic collaboration under a long-term investment plan.

Additionally, the two companies will foster a strong developer community that is already eager to integrate cognitive computing into its business ideas. IBM and SK Holdings C&C intend to jointly nurture the growth of cognitive computing in the region by establishing a multi-million dollar fund to support education- and developer-focused initiatives.

Ongoing work by IBM Research has advanced the science powering the Watson platform, and enabled IBM to strengthen Watson's speech, vision and text capabilities. The Watson platform is already being used by tens of thousands of developers globally, who are tapping cognitive computing to help address business and society's most significant challenges. Moving into new markets - through landmark collaborations with organisations such as SoftBank in Japan, Mubadala in the Middle East (dba Cognit) and GBM in Latin American (dba Cognitiva) - is a critical component of scaling the technology and bringing Watson to all parts of the world. Each of these initiatives includes fostering a community of local developers and equipping them with simple, self-service tools needed to build, explore and create new applications in their native languages.

SK Holdings C&C will be IBM’s preferred distributor for cognitive solutions in South Korea, where the technology could be embedded into various form factors such as tablets, smartphones and smart devices, as well as robots, giving both organizations an opportunity to reach a broader audience of users. Korean language Watson services are expected to become available early next year.
Source: IBM

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Primeur weekly 2016-05-09

Focus

NIST's Robert Bohn and Oxford University's David Wallom expand on Cloud standards and the Cloud landscape ...

With trust, openness and empowerment, there is a bright future for Cloud computing, according to Microsoft's Elena Bonfiglioli ...

Quantum computing

IBM makes quantum computing available on IBM Cloud to accelerate innovation ...

Quantum logical operations realized with single photons ...

Focus on Europe

Celebrating HPC and research at University College London ...

Still time to save on ISC 2016 registration - Register by May 11 ...

Current status of the Flemish supercomputer ...

Middleware

Bright Computing names Bill Griffin as Chief Financial Officer ...

Hardware

Invitation to participate in HPC Site Census study ...

CSRA to deliver high capacity connectivity to support education priorities in Alabama ...

Cray reports first quarter 2016 financial results ...

Applications

SDSC researchers publish book on using GPU accelerators for nanosciences ...

Movidius announces deep learning accelerator and Fathom software framework ...

GPU-powered systems take top spot and set new record in Student Supercomputer Competition ...

Fine-tuning forecasts of nighttime storms on the plains ...

Sudden collapse: Supercomputing spotlight on gels ...

BSC and IrsiCaixa create bioinformatics method to predict the effectiveness of antiretroviral drugs with different HIV mutations ...

University of Wyoming faculty have until May 22 to apply for supercomputer use ...

Webinar on performance tuning and optimization of GROMACS ...

IBM and SK Holdings C&C Alliance brings Watson and the cognitive era to South Korea ...