German research firm taps IBM for 'massive' x-ray analytics project

Summary:IBM suggested that the analytics could result in differences pertaining to anything from "semiconductor designs to cancer therapies."

IBM's latest health and big data project is going deeper with a focus on x-rays.

Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron (DESY), a scientific research organization based in Germany, tapped the American tech giant to produce a new big data and analytics architecture for uploading "massive amounts of x-ray data" to the cloud.

DESY is most keen on storing and analyzing data produced by its PETRA III accelerator, a 1.7-mile long super microscope designed to speed up electrically charged particles to move at nearly the speed of light -- cited to be approximately 186,000 miles per second.

Big Blue already boasted that this platform, based off IBM Elastic Storage for high performance data and file management, will be able to process more than 20 gigabytes of data per second.

The goal is to get this data into the hands of the right scientists worldwide so they can receive faster and better insights into the atomic structure of novel semiconductors, catalysts, biological cells and other samples.

IBM suggested that the analytics could result in differences pertaining to anything from "semiconductor designs to cancer therapies."

DESY noted that its data already goes out to 2,000 scientists around the globe.

IBM research teams based out of Switzerland as well as Germany will be tasked with providing technical support.

Topics: Cloud, Big Data, Data Management, Health, IBM

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