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Watson: There's a little bit of Ottawa in there
Delaney Turner 270003RQ8K Delaney.Turner@ca.ibm.com | | Tags:  ibm100 business_analytics ibmwatson
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Hooray for the hometown heroes!
Turns out there's a little bit of O-town know-how in the code coursing through Watson's massive brain. On the eve of Wednesday's finale, Vito Pilieci of the Ottawa Citizen reported that a team from the Ottawa IBM lab contributed to the Java Virtual Machine that helps move masses of information through Watson's internal networks at astoundingly high speeds.
“The team here in Ottawa has been developing virtual machine technology for years,” said Rob White, director of the Ottawa software lab site. “It was very natural that the Java Virtual Machine would underpin the Watson project.” The Virtual Machine is a programming language that routes information quickly through a computer network. In effect, the employees at the Ottawa labs provided a central nervous system for Watson allowing it to react quickly much like a person feels a pin prick in the finger the instant it happens thanks to nerves sending a pain signal to the brain."
The team celebrated with a "Watson Watch Party" at Oliver's pub at Carleton University and entertained questions from curious computer science students after the show.
Left to right, they are: Andrew Low, Rick Kenny, John Duimovich, Karl Taylor and Charlie Gracie. In front with the J9 t-shirt is Ken Walker. Congrats, guys!