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HPI and IBM: openHPI course for future computing with huge amounts of data

The capacity available per capita to store information today is about seven times greater than it was 40 years ago. Software development requires new approaches due to the accompanying increase in unstructured data. The four-week MOOC “Future of Computing - IBM Power 9 and beyond” looks at ways to overcome the challenge of exponential data growth.Course starts on May 1st.

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MOOC: Future of Computing - IBM Power 9 and beyond

Start: May 1st

Duration: 4 Weeks

Language: English


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HPI Professor Dr. Andreas Polze, head of the chair “Operating Systems and Middleware,” offers the free course together with Hildegard Gerhardy from the IBM Academic Initiative Europe and Dr. med. Wolfgang Maier, Director of IBM Hardware Development in Böblingen.

Participants will be presented with different solutions to overcome the challenges of digitization. The English-language course therefore focuses on the provision of microservices, container solutions and cloud-based applications. It also covers the new enabling technologies IT organizations need to process huge amounts of data, such as hardware accelerators, artificial intelligence, and blockchain technologies.

This trend of novel data analysis, the so-called "Systems of Engagement," is what Polze and the other two course instructors wish to contrast with the essential technologies of the traditional "Systems of Record," which still play an important role.

"Reliability, high availability, and the service friendliness of the systems require sophisticated hardware, operating systems, and application-neutral programs - the middleware - to handle large-scale transactions," said HPI Professor Polze. In the past, the main focus was on managing corporate resources and handling financial services. Today's connected markets require the constant availability of communication and sales systems and the use of decision-making systems.

The focus of the MOOC “Future of Computation - IBM Power 9 and beyond” will be on technologies related to the IBM Power Systems server computers. In its OpenPower initiative, the group collaborates with more than 300 member companies, including Google, Samsung and NVIDIA, to create diverse innovations from software to hardware. Vattenfall and Bosch provide use cases. The course aims at those interested in IT, who have basic knowledge in computer science and algorithmics. Besides earning the regular certificate for this course, it is also possible to obtain a qualified HPI certificate Universities are free to decide on the allocation of ECTS credits for students.