Since its famous televised Jeopardy win in February 2011, Watson, IBM's now-legendary supercomputer, has lost a lot of weight, going from a master-bedroom size solution to one that is about the size of four stacked pizza boxes.
Now Big Blue's researchers are working on squeezing that down even further to a single pizza box while upping the system performance. The current version of Watson is currently 240% more powerful than the edition that won Jeopardy.
Watson is a cognitive solution that is powered by a combination of open source software (Hadoop, SUSE and Apache) and proprietary applications (IBM DeepQA), with 2,880 POWER7 processor cores and 16TB of RAM.
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That combination means that Watson is particularly adept at natural language processing, hypothesis generation and dynamic learning. But it's not all work as underlined by a recent announcement that sees Watson transformed into a virtual recipe book, bundled into an app.