IBM TrueNorth synaptic processor exascale computing

The system can process the equivalent of 16 million neurons and 4 billion synapses using 2.5W. It can infer complex cognitive tasks such as pattern recognition and integrated sensory processing far more efficiently than conventional chips. The system will be used to explore new computing capabilities important to the National Nuclear Security Administration’s stewardship of the USA’s nuclear weapons stockpile and nonproliferation. The NNSA’s Advanced Simulation and Computing (ASC) program will evaluate machine-learning applications, deep-learning algorithms and architectures and conduct general computing feasibility studies. ASC is part of NNSA’s Stockpile Stewardship Program to ensure the safety, security and reliability of the USA’s nuclear deterrent without underground testing. The technology could be a powerful complement in the development of next-generation supercomputers able to perform at exascale speeds, 50 times (or two…


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