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IBM Research: History of progress

For more than sixty years, IBM Research has been the innovation engine of the IBM corporation. From helping the Apollo space missions land on the moon to the discovery of fractals; from the technology behind laser eye surgery to a question answering computer called Watson now being applied to health care, IBM Research continues to define the future of technology.

The following Icons of Progress — developed as part of IBM's 100th anniversary in 2011 — represent just some of the scientific and technological breakthroughs achieved by IBM researchers and the business and societal transformations they made possible.

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Blue Gene

Blue Gene

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Sabre

Sabre

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Breaking the Petaflop Barrier

Breaking the Petaflop Barrier

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Silicon Germanium Chips

Silicon Germanium Chips

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Copper Interconnects

Copper Interconnects

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Smarter Healthcare Management

Smarter Healthcare Management

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Cryptography for a Connected World

Cryptography for a
Connected World

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Smarter Water Management

Smarter Water Management

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Deep Blue

Deep Blue

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Sustainable Cocoa

Sustainable Cocoa

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Deep Thunder

Deep Thunder

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TAKMI

TAKMI

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FORTRAN

FORTRAN

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The Apollo Missions

The Apollo Missions

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Fractal Geometry

Fractal Geometry

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The Application of Spintronics

The Application of Spintronics

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High-Temperature Superconductors

High-Temperature
Superconductors

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The Cell Broadband Engine

The Cell Broadband Engine

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Information Management System

Information Management System

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The DNA Transistor

The DNA Transistor

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Information-Based Medicine

Information-Based Medicine

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The First Nationwide Smart Energy and Water Grid

The First Nationwide Smart Energy and Water Grid

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Magnetic Tape Storage

Magnetic Tape Storage

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The Invention of Service Science

The Invention of Service Science

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Nanotechnology

Nanotechnology

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The Invention of Stream Computing

The Invention of Stream
Computing

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New Business Models for Telecom

New Business Models for Telecom

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The Invention of the Rewritable Magneto-Optical Disk

The Invention of the Rewritable Magneto-Optical Disk

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Pioneering Machine-Aided Translation

Pioneering Machine-Aided
Translation

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The Management of Transportation Flow

The Management of Transportation Flow

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Pioneering Speech Recognition

Pioneering Speech Recognition

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The Mapping of Humanity's Family Tree

The Mapping of Humanity's Family Tree

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Power 4

Power 4

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The Optimization of Oil Supplies

The Optimization of Oil Supplies

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Preserving the Legacy of Film

Preserving the Legacy of Film

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The Origins of Computer Science

The Origins of Computer Science

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Racetrack Memory

Racetrack Memory

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The PC

The PC

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Relational Database

Relational Database

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Tracking Infectious Diseases

Tracking Infectious Diseases

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RISC Architecture

RISC Architecture

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Watson

Watson

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