Ottawa home to new IBM research centre

The IBM Centres for Advanced Studies (CAS) announced on Wednesday that a new co-operative technology research centre has opened in Canada’s capital.

Following in the footsteps of CAS Toronto, the Ottawa CAS will provide academic and government researchers with resources including access to IBM research areas and technical staff, said the company.

According to IBM Corp., CAS – which was initiated in 1990 as part of the IBM Toronto Software Lab – enables universities to gain access to real-world business problems, while giving IBM the opportunity to work with academic leaders and researchers.

One example of technology to come out of Toronto’s CAS is the autonomic computing capabilities included in version 8.0 of DB2 Universal Database. This technology came after five years of research from professors and students at Queen’s University, University of Waterloo and York University. The goal of these universities was to build software that was able to fix itself with little human intervention, said the company.

According to IBM, Dwight Deugo, an associate professor in the School of Computer Science at Carleton University is the first scientist working with the Ottawa-based CAS.

Over the past three years CAS locations have opened in Austin, Tex. and Raleigh, N.C. There are also plans to open four additional CAS locations worldwide in the following locations: Dublin; Spain; Bangalore, India; and Sydney, Australia.

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