Computational Musicology at CeBit 2016

Computational Musicology at CeBit 2016

The e-Research Centre's Dr Rahim Lakhoo spent time at this year's CeBit Conference in Hannover demonstrating the use of
innovative  µServers from IBM Research to provide high-performance real-time processing for use in the field of computational musicology.

The demonstration showed how the µServer can be embedded in musical instruments performing live, to capture and process complex information in real-time. Applying the considerable power of the super-compact µServer to live music enables musicians to capture the live publication of complex musical performance data and metadata, driving innovative practices in music publishing and novel applications in human-human and human-machine collaborations and interactions.

The µServer designed by IBM Research's team has been described as a "datacentre in a box". Not only is it extremely compact, with each board being about the size of a smartphone, it is also very energy-efficient. Using a PowerPC based T4240 the µServer uses a maximum of 40W when running under a full workload.  One of its innovations is hot-water cooling, which in addition to keeping the chip operating temperature below 85°C, also transports electrical power by means of a copper plate. 

 

 

 

With thanks to the FAST IMPACt project (@semanticaudio) and the talented Chris Cannam (@chris_cannam)