This project is an interesting example for a life-cycle of a project:
- It started as an academic thesis;
- It has flown to a research project within IBM Haifa Research Lab ;
- After showing promising results in the lab, it evolved to a more "down to earth" project that deals with assignment of agents to machines and threads within the IBM product - WBE-XS (Websphere Business Events - Extreme Scale) which enable event processing on grid environment. This project has to take into account products and their implementation, deal with product instrumentation, and other stuff that pure research projects do not deal with.
While starting an idea in the academia and then going to a start-up has its magic, the work in IBM Research enables to get stuff from academic projects until impact through products, and using my hat as an adjunct professor in the Technion, this is possible. However -- as noted before, getting things pushed in a big company are not necessarily easy.