IBM Corp. has introduced "stream computing" software, called System S. The Armonk, N.Y.-based vendor says the application enables the real-time analysis of huge amounts of structured, unstructured and incompatible electronic data.
The software is available for virtually any industry. In health care, IBM and the University of Ontario Institute of Technology are testing use of System S to enable physicians to detect subtle changes in the condition of critically ill premature babies. Observing real-time changes in the physiological data streams, for instance, could detect emerging infection issues during the earliest stages.
"System S is built for perpetual analytics--utilizing a new streaming architecture and breakthrough mathematical algorithms, to create a forward-looking analysis of data from any source--narrowing down precisely what people are looking for and continuously refining the answer as additional data is made available," according to a company explanation of the technology.
For instance, the software can analyze thousands of simultaneous data streams and delivery nearly instantaneous analysis, according to the vendor. More information is available at 01.ibm.com/software/data/infosphere/streams/
Joseph Goedert is news editor at Health Data Management.