A cognitive pillar

The cognitive pillar, launched in September 2019, aims to provide the LIST research community with advanced technologies, services and solutions in data / business analytics, artificial intelligence and "big data".

It is based on three main parts: 2 located on premises and one in the cloud.

On premises, services are offered by a platform combining Open-source solutions and IBM Cloud Paks (Data, Applications, Multi-Cloud, and API). This offer is completed by public cloud solutions.


CogPil is a powerful and innovative platform providing state-of-art technologies and services in data analytics and AI, based on a hybrid cloud architecture.

Applications and key expertise



Analytics tools for Proof of concept (POC) development and/or projects about:

  • Advanced Statistics
  • Machine Learning
  • Business Intelligence
  • Advanced Visualisation
  • Optimisation
  • Simulation

on LIST’s premises or in Public Cloud


Used for:

  • Process improvement
  • Resource planning / scheduling
  • Customer segmentation
  • Forecasting
  • Preventive maintenance
  • Root cause analysis
  • Anomaly detection
  • Risk & fraud Analytics


In numbers:

  • 34 physical servers, supporting Hadoop and Private Cloud solutions (including storage and backup)
  • Network layer including Omni-Path connectivity
  • Distributed storage layer including auto-tiering on Spectrum Scale/GPFS

Offered software capabilities:

  • A cognitive and analytical layer based on IBM Watson (IBM Public Cloud and on-premise).
  • A Hadoop enterprise cluster installed on physical servers with GPUs for distributed compute dedicated to Machine Learning, Deep Learning, Big Data analysis in batch mode, IoT stream analytics and real-time data processing.
  • A tight integration between two worlds (Watson / Hadoop Open Source), offering users the benefits of both platforms.


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