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James Sexton

James Sexton

IBM Fellow and Director of the Data Centric Systems department
IBM T.J. Watson Research Center


IBM’s Approach to Converging HPC and Cognitive Computing

We present an update on IBM’s approach to developing full systems solutions which support convergence of traditional HPC and emerging Cognitive Computing methodologies. We provide some examples of applications in collaborative development in the computational chemistry domain. We describe a Proof of Concept effort which deploys a container based HPC and Cognitive Computing software stack on IBM’s latest POWER + NVIDIA GPU system, and discuss planned future developments.


Dr. James Sexton is and IBM Fellow and Director of the Data Centric Systems department at IBM T. J. Watson Research Center in New York. Dr. Sexton received his Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics from Columbia University, NY. His areas of interest lie in High Performance Computing, Computational Science, Applied Mathematics and Analytics. Prior to joining IBM, Dr. Sexton held appointments as Lecturer then Professor at Trinity College Dublin, as postdoctoral fellow at IBM T. J. Watson Research Center, at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton and at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory. He has held adjunct appointments as Director and Founder of the Trinity Center for High Performance Computing, as a Board Member for the Board of Trinity College Dublin, as Senior Research Consultant for Hitachi Dublin Laboratory, and as a Hitachi Research Fellow at Hitachi's Central Research Laboratory in Tokyo. Dr. Sexton has over 70 publications and has participated on three separate Gordon Bell Award winning teams.