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Big Data, AI, and High Performance Computing

Big data is ubiquitous. Starting from social networks to sensor networks, from scientific analyses to sentiment analyses, from autonomous healthcare to autonomous vehicles, big data analysis and AI are transforming the world. Current computing technologies for these analyses today are demanding more compute cycles per processor than ever before, with extreme I/O performance also required. IBM’s POWER-based high-performance computing technologies will play a major role in the research and development of industry standards of emerging AI technologies.


OpenPOWER Big Data and AI Workshop presented by the University of Wisconsin-Platteville Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering kicks off at 9 a.m. with an opening keynote speaker. Throughout the day, you will hear about IBM and OpenPOWER partnerships, cutting edge research on big data, AI, and HPC including student research, outreach, academic and industry research, and other initiatives. There will be a networking session, followed by an optional hands-on session with POWER-AI technologies.

Who should attend?

Any data-enthusiast is encouraged to attend including, but not limited to, academia (faculty, students, staff) and industry personnel of all levels (data scientists, machine learning experts).



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9:30–10 a.m. Keynote  
10–11 a.m. Introduction to Power 9 and OpenPOWER features  
11–11:45 a.m. Watson Machine Learning Accelerator features  
11:45 a.m.–noon Break  
Noon–12:45 p.m. Xilinx U50 and Edge Compute  
12:45–1:45 p.m. Lunch break with student demonstrations and presentations  
1:45–2:30 p.m. Accelerating HPC, big data, and deep learning in data centers using OpenPOWER systems  
2:30–4 p.m. IBM AI solutions on power – key features and guided exercises  
4–4:30 p.m. Q&A and way forward  
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