Progress in AI, Through Collaborative Research (September 20, 2016)

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Illinois) is working with IBM to develop optimized systems the stack of applications, accelerators, software, hardware and networking needed to support larger and more complex cognitive workloads. The goal of the IBM-Illinois Center for Cognitive Computing Systems Research (C3SR) is optimized distributed architectures that can improve and scale the performance of cognitive systems tenfold (and beyond for some advanced cognitive workloads). I am very excited about the opportunity to combine the world-class heterogeneous computing architecture, parallel algorithm, natural language processing, and image recognition expertise at Illinois with the cutting edge cognitive application and computing systems technologies at IBM to embark on this exciting project that can potentially revolutionize computing and dramatically enrich our lives, says Wen-Mei Hwu, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Illinois.