IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2015 - (Page 16)

R&D Dr. Costas Bekas of IBM Research-Zurich writes a breakthrough mathematical algorithm that reduces the computational complexity, costs and energy usage for analyzing the quality of massive amounts of data by two orders of magnitude. PHOTOGRAPH BY MICHAEL LOWRY It makes possible the unprecedented detail in simulation for the human vertebrae specimen shown below. BREAKING Research IBM Research is working to better diagnose osteoporosis-and make computing more economical steoporosis impacts a third of women and a fifth of men over the age of 50, according to the International Osteoporosis Society. It can lead to chronic pain, bone fractures, ongoing disabilities and even death in the case of older individuals. O Jim Utsler is a senior writer for IBM Systems Magazine and has been covering technology for more than 20 years. Unfortunately, diagnosing the disease is somewhat hit or miss, with doctors not knowing with certainty whether a person is prone to it. In fact, it may take a fracture before it's correctly diagnosed and treated. With that in mind, researchers from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH Zurich) approached IBM Research-Zurich about finding a way to more quickly and accurately detect and respond to osteoporosis before it becomes critical. Together, 16 // MAY/JUNE 2015 they discovered that not only is this feasible, but the technology involved in this work can be applied to other disciplines-and can lead to further advances in computing in general, as Costas Bekas, manager of the Foundations of Cognitive Computing group at IBM Research, explains. Q. What are some of the issues currently curtailing proper osteoporosis diagnoses? A. Doctors might try to diagnose osteoporosis using CT scans or maybe X-rays, but those are of limited value because they're showing the current status and are not predictive. A fracture might have to take place before a diagnosis can be made. Q. Why would computer modeling be more efficient? A. Think of the following situation: You go to a clinic and the doctors are essentially estimating the average density of the bone. Depending on where the bone is dense and where the bone is not

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2015

Table of Contents
IBM Perspective: A mainframe built for Generation Z
Editor's Desk: Optimistic future
Partner PoV: Now is the time for multifactor authentication
Infographic: Myths, exaggerations and uncomfortable truths
Currents: TCO for an IBM z13 cloud is lower than an x86 or public cloud, according to an IBM study
R&D: IBM Research is working to better diagnose osteoporosis -- and make computing more economical
Cover Story: Mastering the Mainframe: IBM contest connects millennials to the mainframe and potential employers
Feature: The Millennial Career Guidebook: Six groups and resources to help mainframers starting their careers
Feature: Mainframe Within Reach: IBM provides a rich set of solutions designed to help new mainframe programmers
Tech Showcase: IBM X-Force report reveals challenges and strategies to succeed in the new computing environment
Tech Corner: New IBM z13 chip improves throughput and analytics performance
Solutions: ReACT V4.0; Ivory Service Architect V4.6
Stop Run: Running and fencing keep IBMer active
Reference Point - Global Events, Education, Resources for Mainframe
2015 Mainframe Solutions Edition Product Index
Linux on z E-book

IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2015