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The company adds the following to its storage products lineup in 2005: the IBM TotalStorage DS4800 (Models 82A & 84A), a new four gigabit per second midrange storage system; and the IBM System Storage N5200 and IBM System Storage N5500, two members of a new series of networked storage systems designed to help midrange customers -- particularly enterprises operating distributed networks across remote sites -- dramatically reduce their total cost of ownership. In September, IBM ships the 500,000th IBM TotalStorage Linear Tape Open drive (to Sony Pictures Imageworks) since the LTO technology was introduced in mid-2000. The ultra-powerful IBM tape drive is one of the fastest-selling tape drives in history.
Among the printers introduced during the year are: the IBM Infoprint 6700 R40, an RFID (radio frequency identification) printer; the IBM Infoprint 6700 Models R60 and R80 that produce high quality 6-inch and 8-inch bar codes, respectively; the IBM Infoprint 1532 Express, IBM 1406HHX Infoprint 1552, IBM Infoprint 1572 and IBM Infoprint 1585 monochrome laser printers; the IBM Infoprint Color 1567 color laser printer; and the next generation of the IBM Infoprint 4100 family of highspeed, high-volume continuous forms printers.
The company rolls out the IBM Self Checkout Models 171, 151, 152, 153 and 131; and “Cool Blue,” a technology component (formally the IBM eServer Rear Door Heat eXchanger) that can use the existing chilled water supply for air conditioning systems already located in the majority of customer datacenters to reduce server heat emissions by up to 55 percent.
On the 20th anniversary of its flagship Lotus Notes product, IBM launches a broad array of new open standards-based software and technologies. Along with new enhancements to Lotus Notes and Domino, IBM introduces new WebSphere Portal and Workplace solutions.
Driven by double-digit growth and more than 500 competitive customer wins in the first-half of the year, IBM unveils a major upgrade to its flagship platform with the launch of Lotus Notes and Domino 7.
The company unveils details of the next-generation DB2 database (“Viper”), which is designed to help customers manage and access data across a service oriented architecture (SOA) with unprecedented flexibility and speed.
IBM introduces radically advanced disk, tape and storage software technologies, including:
incorporating the third-generation Linear Tape Open format into the company’s complete line of LTO-based automated tape storage systems; performance and capacity enhancements for the IBM TotalStorage DS4000-series of disk storage systems; IBM TotalStorage SAN Volume Controller 2.1; and IBM TotalStorage SAN File System 2.2.1.
The company says it plans to invest $100 million over three years to expand Linux support and technology across its Workplace software portfolio.
Among IBM’s software announcements in 2005 are: general availability of Informix Dynamic Server version 10, a next-generation database, and the most significant upgrade to the Informix platform since 1999.... the Tivoli OMEGAMON software suite that automates real-time systems management and monitoring capabilities for the IBM eServer zSeries.... and first-of-its-kind software that allows organizations to anonymously share and compare information without revealing private or sensitive personal details.
The company rolls out IBM Policy Management for Autonomic Computing and the IBM Touchpoint Simulator to allow developers to simplify the development and management of their autonomic systems and products. Since introducing autonomic computing in 2001, IBM has paved the way for mainstream adoption. IBM has woven more than 475 autonomic features into 1406HHX more than 75 distinct products, making it the broadest portfolio of autonomic-enabled products, services and solutions in the industry.
In February, IBM, Sony Corporation, Sony Group and Toshiba Corporation disclose details of their breakthrough jointly developed “Cell” microprocessor featuring supercomputer-like floating point performance with observed clock speeds greater than 4 Ghz. The team has collaborated on the development of the “Cell” microprocessor at a joint design center established in Austin, Tex., since March 2001. The prototype chip integrates 234 million transistors and is fabricated with 90 nanometer SOI technology. Initial production of “Cell” is expected to begin at IBM’s 300mm wafer fabrication facility in East Fishkill, N.Y., followed by Sony Group’s Nagasaki Fab. In August, the team releases key documents that describe details of the Cell Broadband Engine Architecture as the next major milestone in the Cell project. In November, IBM and Sony release new software components and documentation -- including extensions to Linux that support Cell programming -- for the Cell Broadband Engine Architecture technology.
The company introduces the IBM PowerPC 970MP, the newest member of the Power Architecture family of microprocessors.
IBM announces the availability of its fourth generation silicon germanium (SiGe) foundry technology -- 8HP -- with more than twice the performance of the previous generation. The new 130 nanometer SiGe bipolar complementary metal oxide semiconductor (BiCMOS) foundry technology can reduce the cost of mobile consumer products, advance high-bandwidth wireless communications and lead to innovative new applications, such as collision-avoidance automobile radar.
Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company in January selects IBM to create an on-demand technology infrastructure that will automate many IT tasks, substantially increase system performance and free up capital for growth-oriented activities. In May, Fireman’s Fund awards IBM a ten-year, $94 million contract to modernize a major portion of the property casualty insurer's application, development and maintenance software into an On Demand infrastructure that could reduce the number of major applications by 70 percent while improving customer service.
IBM announces the availability of Grid Accelerated Design Service, an IBM Global Services offering to help clients implement more productive Grid solutions.
The company’s Engineering & Technology Services organization says it will offer new design services to help companies integrate the microprocessor technology known as “Cell” into a wide range of electronics products.
IBM reports that it will launch a new service that allows companies to tap into IBM’s awardwinning product design and usability expertise, creating breakthrough products for other companies. With this new service -- part of IBM’s efforts to gain share of a $500 billion market opportunity called Business Performance Transformation Services -- IBM design experts will consult directly with clients who want insight into how their consumers or customers might 1406HHX interact with future products or services. The new IBM Product Design Consulting Services has been established in conjunction with IBM Engineering & Technology Services and IBM Business Consulting Services.
IBM rolls out two new offerings that will help insurance companies transform complicated, manual processes into Web-automated business components. (In the past 12 months, 850 companies have joined IBM’s PartnerWorld Insurance Network -- software vendors and technology companies that have aligned themselves with IBM’s insurance industry infrastructure offerings, middleware solutions and consulting services.) NiSource Inc. and IBM reach an agreement for IBM to provide a broad range of business transformation and outsourcing services to NiSource beginning in July. The ten-year agreement is estimated to be worth $1.6 billion to IBM in service fees and project costs and is expected to deliver upwards of $530 million in operating and capital cost savings across NiSource’s 15 primary operating subsidiaries over the course of the contract.
The company introduces Grid and Grow, a packaged set of software, hardware and services to deliver the benefits of Grid computing to businesses of all sizes.
In August, IBM announces the first in a series of podcasts to expand on the traditional investor Web site content by discussing industry-wide trends and IBM specific innovations in a variety of emerging business and technology areas.
In October, the company rolls out 22 new IBM Express Portfolio offerings designed to help medium-sized business with security, supply chain management, backup and recovery, enterprise resource planning and other critical applications.
Alliances IBM and AT&T announce they will jointly offer a packaged team collaboration solution that will make it easier for small and medium-sized businesses to buy and deploy collaboration software with integrated Internet access capabilities.
IBM and Network Appliance announce a strategic storage relationship to drive information on demand solutions and to expand IBM’s portfolio of storage solutions.
Mercury Computer Systems, Inc., partners with IBM to integrate the “Cell” microprcessor technology to build new breakthrough computer systems for data-intensive applications.
Science & Technology U.S. President George W. Bush announces that IBM has been awarded the 2004 National Medal of Technology by the U.S. Department of Commerce and the Technology Administration in recognition of more than four decades of innovation in semiconductor technology. The award cites such IBM breakthroughs as the development of multicore-processor integration, DRAM (Dynamic Random Access Memory), the use of copper on-chip wiring, Silicon on Insulator
(SOI) technology and high-speed Silicon Germanium chips. The National Medal of Technology is the highest honor awarded by the President of the United States to the nation’s leading innovators.
For the thirteenth consecutive year, IBM earns more U.S. patents than any other company. The 2,941 patents issued to IBM in 2005 derive from the innovative work of more than 4,500 employees.
IBM pledges open access to key innovations covered by 500 IBM software patents to individuals and groups working on open source software. This is the largest pledge ever of patents of any kind and represents a major shift in the way IBM manages and deploys its intellectual property portfolio.
The company unveils the world’s largest privately owned supercomputer -- the Watson Blue Gene (BGW) system installed at the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, N.Y. With a processing speed of 91.29 teraflops, BGW is expected to join its sister machine -- the Blue Gene/L supercomputer (see below) installed at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and currently the world’s fastest -- as one of the top three supercomputers in the world. BGW is comprised of 20 refrigerator-sized racks, less than half the size of conventional systems of comparable power and has three times the performance. One of the first applications to be deployed on BGW will be Blue Matter, the software framework developed as part of the science effort within the Blue Gene project at IBM Research.
The world’s foremost supercomputing authority names IBM’s Blue Gene/L as the most powerful supercomputer in the world, with a sustained performance of 280.6 teraflops. Along with Blue Gene/L in the TOP500 list’s top three supercomputers are IBM’s own Blue Gene Watson system at 91.29 teraflops and the recently unveiled ASC Purple supercomputer (see below) at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory with 63.39 teraflops.
IBM reports that it has successfully demonstrated ASC Purple on time and beyond performance objectives. The system is the result of a long-term collaboration between the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Simulation and Computing (ASC) Program (known earlier as ASCI) and IBM, with the U.S. Lawrence Livermore Laboratory (LLNL) as the lead lab. LLNL says that the Purple machine will conduct simulations of nuclear weapons performance. In August, the first of 25 trucks loaded with the ASC Purple supercomputer leaves IBM’s Poughkeepsie, N.Y., plant and heads west to its final destination at LLNL in California.
The U.S. National Center for Atmospheric Research, in collaboration with the University of Colorado, acquires an IBM Blue Gene supercomputer with a peak performance of 5.7 teraflops.
The supercomputer will be used to simulate ocean, weather, and climate phenomena that impact agricultural output, heating oil prices and global warming.
IBM and The Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne announce a major joint research initiative -- the Blue Brain project -- to take brain research to a new level. Over the next two years, scientists from both organizations will work together using the huge computational capacity of IBM’s eServer Blue Gene supercomputer, to create a detailed model of the circuitry in the neocortex.
1406HHX Researchers create a tiny device called a photonic crystal waveguide to slow light down to less than 1/300th of its usual speed. Such a device represents an advance toward the eventual use of light in place of electricity in the connection of electronic components.
In July, IBM and the National Geographic Society announce a groundbreaking, five-year research partnership -- the Genographic Project -- to deepen the understanding of how the human race populated the planet. One aspect of the project involves the collection and field analysis of DNA samples from more than 100,000 members of the last remaining indigenous populations on the planet -- one of the largest DNA collections ever assembled. A second aspect involves inviting members of the public to purchase cheek swab kits and submit their own DNA for analysis. Participants will then receive customized genetic maps with specific details of the migratory paths followed by their own ancestors. Data collected from all these samples will be analyzed and managed securely using IBM systems and custom database technology.
IBM launches a new research effort to help battle AIDS using the massive computational power of World Community Grid, a global community of computer users who have joined the philanthropic technology initiative by simply donating time on their personal computers.
IBM, Infineon and Macronix announce a joint research initiative to explore the potential of a new form of computer memory technology called phase-change memory (PCM). The research will be performed at IBM’s research facilities in Yorktown Heights, N.Y., and Almaden, Calif.