IBM will develop a private cloud computing platform for a Canadian visual analytics laboratories with the goal of helping academic researchers analyze big data under $513,141 in federal funding.
Western Economic Diversification Canada intends for that investment to help form new Visual Analytics Research and Instructional Laboratories at Simon Fraser University and University of British Columbia’s Burnaby-based campus, WD said Monday.
Students and faculty at both schools will be trained on visual analytics.
Dan Fortin, president of IBM Canada, said the cloud platform is intended to help VIVA collaborate with industry partners in order to turn big data into assets.
WD will purchase IBM servers, storage, applications and services and IBM will also donate its $800,000 software applications for big data visual analytics.
IBM and VIVA also intend to apply big data analytics for healthcare, aviation, insurance and oceanography sectors.