IBM’s latest announcement probably won’t get us any closer to securing our very own in-house version of Watson, but the firm is boasting a new line of Power7 products that includes an upgraded version of the supercomputer’s server. First up are the BladeCenter PS703 and PS704, sporting 16 cores and 32 cores, respectively — the PS704 touts a 60 percent increase in speed over its predecessors. The Power 750, the same system that gave Watson the stuff to slaughter those humans on Jeopardy!, is getting an upgrade that supports as many as 32 cores and can run up to 128 simultaneous threads, while the Power 755 offers up high-performance computing with 32 cores of its own. The cheapest version of the Power 750 Express rings in at about $30,000. So, no, we won’t be battling Watson in a Jeopardy! Home Edition showdown anytime soon, but we’re happy to see that our favorite supercomputer could be even smarter — or at the very least, faster — the next time it shows up on the boob tube. Full PR after the break.
IBM touts new Power7 systems, still no mass market Watson originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 12 Apr 2011 22:57:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.