IBM’s ‘brain-inspired’ supercomputer to help watch over US nuclear arsenal

The brain-like computer network will process the equivalent of 16 million neurons and four billion synapses. Image: Andrew Ostrovsky It’s often said that human brain is the world’s most powerful supercomputer and now a team of computer scientists is looking at the organ as inspiration for building a new, neural network-based supercomputing platform. The Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), a federal government research facility in California, tasked with ensuring the safety, security, and reliability of the United States nuclear deterrent, is working alongside IBM on what’s been described as a “first of a kind” brain-inspired supercomputing platform for deep learning. The neural-network will be based on IBM’s neurosynaptic TrueNorth computer chips. These processors are designed to aid computers in performing cognitive tasks, such as pattern recognition and sensory processing, more…


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