IBM Celebrates 30 Years in Silicon Valley

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IBM today announced the 30th anniversary of IBM Research – Almaden in San Jose, California. The research and development lab is known as the birthplace of the world’s first hard-disk drive, the relational database, DVD and Blu-ray encryption technology and brain-inspired supercomputing chips. Almaden is one of IBM’s 12 global research facilities. It moved into its current location in 1986.

“What sets us aside from other research operations in Silicon Valley is our novel interdisciplinary approach to innovation,” said Dr. Jeff Welser, vice president and lab director, IBM Research – Almaden. “Our most profound knowledge comes from non-traditional combinations of computer scientists, chemists, biologists, mathematicians, medical doctors or even artists from within our own lab. Coupled with the passion of our people, their beautiful ideas and IBM’s robust technology offerings, we are uniquely empowered to speed the discovery of solutions to complex global problems.”

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San Jose’s IBM Research – Almaden celebrates 30 years of innovation, including the world’s first hard-disk drive, relational database and brain-inspired supercomputer chip.

To commemorate Almaden’s 30th Anniversary, IBM announced the donation of an original IBM TrueNorth brain-inspired supercomputing chip array, designed for artificial intelligence and cognitive computing, to the Computer History Museum. TrueNorth’s brain-like, neural network architecture, which breaks path with the 70-year-old legacy of the von Neumann architecture, is able to infer complex cognitive tasks such as pattern recognition and integrated sensory processing far more efficiently in terms of energy and speed than conventional computer architecture.

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“IBM Research – Almaden continues to accelerate its pace, both in making key scientific breakthroughs and applying them to build solutions that can impact people around the world. IBM Research is proud to invest in a dedicated team of researchers who continue to push innovation forward in today’s cognitive era of computing,” said Dr. Arvind Krishna, senior vice president and director, IBM Research.

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