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article imageIBM opens up new 'Smarter Planet' exhibit at Disney World

By Sukhdeep Chhabra     Feb 1, 2010 in Technology
As part of its 'Smarter Planet' campaign started in November 2008, IBM launched a redesigned exhibit at the Epcot in the Walt Disney World Resort on Friday, inviting guests to discover the possibilities of building a smarter planet.
IBM opened up its redesigned exhibit called ‘Smarter Planet’ at the Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida on Friday, 29th Jan. ‘Smarter Planet’ is the corporate initiative taken up by IBM that works towards using information technology to make the world’s systems and industries more efficient and productive.
The experimental exhibit housed in the ‘INNOVENTIONS’ pavilion at the Epcot Theme Park will be powered by a data center that will provide a real-life demonstration of optimized computing, reducing the energy costs by up to 25 percent, according to an IBM press release.
The data center, in addition to powering the exhibit will also donate unused computing resources to the World Community Grid to help in various types of medical, humanitarian and environmental research. The project aims at reducing research time from decades to months by joining together thousands of individual computers worldwide thereby establishing a large system with massive computational power equivalent to a supercomputer.
The exhibit also features Runtime, created by Walt Disney Imagineering, a video game experience that takes guests transformed as personalized avatars through a timeline of IBM's achievements in the history of computing.
“The objective is for guests to walk away understanding how forward-thinking solutions can solve our greatest societal problems, and the increasing role technology will play in improving the quality of life for people across the world,” said Gary Cohen, IBM General Manager, Global Communications Sector.
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