Brain-like supercomputing platform to explore new frontiers

In the old days, it was common to hear a computer chip referred to as an “electronic brain.” Modern chip designs are now making such labels even more apt. Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) is set to take receipt of a brain-inspired supercomputing platform developed by IBM Research. The first-of-a-kind system is based on a neurosynaptic computer chip known as IBM TrueNorth, and can process the equivalent of 16 million neurons and 4 billion synapses while consuming just 2.5 watts of power. The TrueNorth system is billed as a fundamental departure from the way computers have been designed for over 70 years and uses digital neurons and synapses that processes information in a manner similar to that of the living brain – specifically, the right hemisphere of the human cerebral…


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