SHANGHAI, CHINA and ARMONK, NY - 14 Oct 2008: IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced the opening of a new research facility in Shanghai that will provide greater accessibility for clients to tap into IBM Research expertise and greater opportunities for collaboration with universities and other research institutions in China.
The new facility is an extension of the IBM China Research Laboratory -- one of IBM's eight research labs worldwide focused on delivering high-value technological innovations that help solve clients' most challenging business and technology problems. The IBM China Research Laboratory was established in Beijing in 1995.
"The very nature of research is changing. It is more open, more global and more collaborative," said Dr. John E. Kelly III, IBM senior vice president and director of IBM Research. "The establishment of IBM Research in Shanghai reflects both the rich pool of science and engineering talent in China as well as our continued commitment to expand our collaboration with Chinese enterprises and academic institutions."
The IBM China Research Lab in Shanghai will focus primarily on innovative research areas such as Information Analytics, Web Delivered Service Computing, Cloud Computing and Stream Computing. Cloud computing, for example, is emerging as a significant shift as today's organizations, no matter what size, are facing extreme data overload and skyrocketing energy costs. IBM Research's work in this area includes an exploratory system which monitors comprehensive factors such as application workload, resource utilization and power consumption to intelligently schedule the workload migration and save unnecessary power consumption.
The lab also will focus on integrating Service Science, Management and Engineering (SSME) into the Chinese University Curriculum, recognizing the growing importance of services in the global economy. SSME is a new academic discipline designed by IBM to develop the skills required in an increasingly services-based global economy, and brings together computer science, operations research, industrial engineering, business strategy, management sciences, social and cognitive sciences, and legal sciences to develop the skills required in services-led organizations.
"Our extension in Shanghai adds to the significant research and development presence in China and increases China's position as an innovation hub for IBM," said Dr. Thomas Li, director of IBM's China Research Laboratory. "IBM's China Research Lab helps clients innovate, helps to cultivate local talent and is an integral part of the IBM Research network that brings technological innovation to clients globally."
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