Computer servers are the main source within a data center; transferring information from place to place within a given unit. We rely on these servers daily, and treat that very investment with the utmost respect. Assisting millions of individuals and millions of companies each and every day, the computer server has now become a necessity to efficient business and efficient living.
But what if the power of servers could be taken to another level? What if besides the transfer and saving of tons of information, a server could detect an earthquake? What if it could depict the travel map of a tsunami? IBM has developed this very piece of technology.
This newly patented idea, fresh from the IBM brain center, is input into a server. It is more so a technique of adding sensors that monitor vibrations within the earth’s core. It can also analyze this information to determine if the vibrations were, in fact, an earthquake or not. This new technology is also said to predict tsunamis, in addition to their path of movement.
It is said that it is not only a catastrophic even that can devastate an area, but also the timing. If a catastrophic event such as a tsunami or earthquake could be predicted, more people may be saved from harm. This would enable the shifting of families to other areas within a state, or creation of an earlier evacuation process.
Currently researchers are claiming that seismograph machines do not create enough data to evacuate areas in a timely manner. They also cannot predict exact locations for such events.
This idea was partially tested at the University of California at Riverside and Stanford University. In these tests, sensors were placed within laptops to see if seismic vibrations could be detected prior to a catastrophic event such as an earthquake. Unfortunately, the idea did not create enough results at that time.
IBM researcher James Kraemer explained, “When you are looking at data from a rack that is bolted to the floor, it’s not the same as what you get from a laptop.” Expressing that laptops have too much movement already, and produce too much data, this could be the cause of the idea not working within the laptop computer.
Another IBM researcher, Bob Friedlander, explained, “The servers in data centers are the best place you can have these machines for our software. We know their location. They are on 24/7.”
For the creation and generations of such information from servers, IBM is hoping to have anywhere from one hundred to one thousand severs set up globally with this new technology. The hope is that the software can tell where the event will take place, it will classify the event, and show its motion direction. IBM will use the technology first, and then they hope to have other companies join with this new feature. The pilot project IBM has created, is said to last a few short months.