IBM launches ‘most powerful’ computer

IBM unveiled its new z13 mainframe, one of the most sophisticated computer systems ever built. It culminates a $1 billion investment, five years of development, and includes more than 500 new patents and represents a collaboration with over 60 clients, underscoring IBM's commitment to providing higher-value, innovative technology for clients. (Augusto Menezes/Feature Photo Service for IBM)

IBM has announced that its latest machine, the Z13, is among the most sophisticated computer systems with a capacity to process 2.5 billion transactions per day.

IBM is branding it as the ‘most powerful and secure system ever built,’ and says it is meant for the mobile economy.

With online shopping gaining momentum, IBM hopes the new system will be able to handle even peak level traffic.

According to the company, the z13 system culminates a $1 billion investment, five years of development, exploits the innovations of more than 500 new patents, and represents collaboration with more than 60 clients. 

“Every time a consumer makes a purchase or hits refresh on a smart phone, it can create a cascade of events on the back end of the computing environment. The z13 is designed to handle billions of transactions for the mobile economy," said Tom Rosamilia, senior vice president, IBM Systems.
 
Here are some other key things the company claims the z13 has achieved:
 
•       z13 is the first system able to process 2.5 billion transactions a day - equivalent of 100 Cyber Mondays every day of the year.  z13 transactions are persistent, protected and auditable from end-to-end, adding assurance as mobile transactions grow -- estimated to grow to 40 trillion mobile transactions per day by 2025.

•       z13 is the first system to make practical real-time encryption of all mobile transactions at any scale.  z13 speeds real-time encryption of mobile transactions to help protect the transaction data and ensure response times consistent with a positive customer experience.  The system includes 500 new patents including cryptographic encryption technologies that enable more security features for mobile initiated transactions.

•       z13 is the first mainframe system with embedded analytics providing real-time insights on all transactions. This capability can help guarantee the ability of the client to run real-time fraud detection on 100 per cent of their business transactions by delivering ‘on the fly’ analytic insights that are 17X faster than compared competitive systems at a fraction of the cost.
 

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