Dell said that it has introduced systems intended to make high performance computing (HPC) and data analytics suitable for mainstream adoption.
The HPC System Portfolio includes machines which easy to configure and design, domain specific designs tuned by Dell engineers and aimed at scientific, engineering and analytics, and full validated systems.
Application specific systems include an HPC system for genomic data analysis, using its relationship with the Translational Genomics Research Institute.
HPC for manufacturing is for enterprises running complicated manufacturing design simulations using workstations, clusters or both.
And HPC system for research is, as its name implies, for complex scientific analysis.
Dell also said it has expanded its HPC lab in conjunction for Intel, in Austin Texas.
Dell said it is the first major original equipment manufacturer (OEM) to join Intel’s Fabric Builders programme giving it access to Intel’s Xeon Phi CPU family.
Big Blue said it has added two more features to its Watson Analytics package.
The additional features are called Data Discovery and Q&A Power. IBM claims that half a million people are using Watson Analytics in less than a year.
It’s certainly got a long list of customers including the universities of Connecticut, West Florida, Iowa and Memphis.
The data discovery module are called “Expert Storybooks”, which measure such things as Twitter, Nucleus Research Marketshare and Intangent.
IBM said more data analysis is shifting to a so-called “self service model”.
It estimates that by 2018 “smart data discovery” which includes natural language query and search, automated analytics and interactive discovery capabilities will be the most in demand business intelligence service.
It claims that by moving analysis to a cloud based model, enterprises can deliver analytics projects without buying complex IT infrastructure.
Another survey of the future of the internet of things (IoT) suggests that by 2020 the number of devices that will be connected is as many as 30 billion units.
This time, the prediction is delivered by Taiwanese market research company Trendforce, which estimates that by 2020, fuelled by growth, the cloud universe will amount to 44 zettabytes of data. A zettabyte is 10 to the power of 21 bytes.
The compound annual growth rate between now and then will be 35 percent per annum.
Trendforce analyst Dr Yyonne Miao expects growth in the internet of things not only for people but for enterprises too.
She believes that the internet of things will overtake smart deices and traditional embedded systems as early as this year.
The devices, connected to a cloud model and linked to big data analytics, will become mature in the next five to 10 years.
Miao also estimates that Asia will take up the potential of the internet of things faster than North America and Europe. She points out that Google has selected Taiwan as its second HQ for research and development on the topic.