IBM’s new computer systems might change how we course of huge knowledge
IBM HQ. INT. DAY.
An oppressive curtain of rain beats down towards the window of this small assembly room in IBM’s New York HQ. Two IBM scientists are partaking in excited dialog with a consultant from the DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY whereas a 3rd IBM worker sits at one finish, faraway from the motion, chewing their pen and staring out of the window.
DOE REPRESENTATIVE: What do you imply $300 million will not get me the 2 supercomputers I want?
SCIENTIST #1: You are producing an excessive amount of knowledge. There is not sufficient bandwidth for all of it to undergo.
DOE REPRESENTATIVE: I do not perceive. You are the supercomputer firm, make it occur!
SCIENTIST #2: No, it isn’t that. Look, every day the world generates 2.5 billion gigabytes of knowledge. Truthfully, processing it’s the easy half. The arduous half now’s shifting it to and from the chip.
DOE REPRESENTATIVE: Are you able to clarify it to me like I am a toddler?
SCIENTIST #1: Think about that you simply run some water via a generator, like a hydroelectric dam. Constructing and operating a dam is the straightforward half, it is the miles and miles of waterways all sides to maneuver the water — that is the issue.
DOE REPRESENTATIVE: So the difficulty is that there is an excessive amount of water to maneuver effectively.
DOE REPRESENTATIVE: So how can we repair it?
SCIENTIST #2: That is the issue. We will not.
DOE REPRESENTATIVE: Then I am simply gonna should take this $300 million elsewhere.
The DOE REPRESENTATIVE will get as much as depart, simply then, SCIENTIST #three turns round in his chair to face the viewers. Besides it isn’t a scientist, however DON DRAPER from widespread TV collection Mad Males.
DON DRAPER: Wait. What if you did not have to maneuver the water in any respect?
There’s a STUNNED SILENCE.
DON DRAPER picks up a WHITEBOARD MARKER, will get up, and begins scribbling on the wall.
SCIENTIST #2: However that is unattainable.
DON DRAPER: Give it some thought. If we put computing energy on each stage of the method, then we cannot have to maneuver the info in any respect. It’s going to be like placing a tiny hydroelectric dam on each river within the nation. That is the way you get the facility you want.
The DOE REPRESENTATIVE palms over a verify for $300 million. The SCIENTISTS sit, open mouthed in admiration. DON DRAPER goes over to the cupboard and fixes himself a big glass of Woodford Reserve, no ice.