Opens up to OpenPower

Rackspace is now an official member of the OpenPower Foundation, the IBM-created organization whose job is to help oversee IBM’s open-source chips; these chips are posed to give Intel’s x86 chips a run for their money. The cloud provider said in a blog post Tuesday that it will be working with partners to “to design and build an OpenPOWER-based, Open Compute platform” that it eventually aims to put into production. Rackspace now joins Google, Canonical, Nvidia and Samsung as another OpenPower member. In early October, IBM announced a new OpenPower-certified server for webscale-centric companies that comes with an IBM Power8 processor and Nvidia’s GPU accelerator.

Smart and budget-friendly, too

The Department of Veterans’ Affairs is working with IBM to analyze hundreds of thousands of VA hospital medical records using the Watson cognitive computing system. Improving the diagnosis and treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is among the areas on which the partnership will focus. More broadly, though, the VA system might be the ideal place to explore what Watson and other artificial intelligence technologies can do. They have the potential to improve patient care without blowing up tight budgets, by improving speed and efficiency rather than increasing staff count.

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