The provision will make Rensselaer the first university to use a supercomputer of its kind.
“The award signifies our strong partnership with Rensselaer and our commitment to ensure New York State has the skills and capabilities to lead in big data applications and the next era of computing,” said Dr. John E. Kelly, senior vice president and director of IBM Research.
The Watson system delivered to Rensselaer has 15 terabytes of hard disk storage and permits up to 20 simultaneous users.
Watson has the power to understand the nuances of human language, go through hoards of data and still supply factual answers to users.
These capacities are currently used in healthcare and financing by assisting physicians in making faster and more accurate diagnosis’s and simplifying the banking experience.
Faculty researchers, graduate students, and undergraduates will be allowed to access the Watson system at Rensselaer.
According to the release, Watson's features will help Rensselaer bolster academic research and strengthen the faculty and student's rational capacities in Big Data, analytics and cognitive computing.
IBM hopes that Watson will help prepare Rensselaer students for high value occupations in analytics and related industries.