Lawrence Livermore and IBM collaborate to build brain-inspired supercomputer

29 March 2016 Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) has purchased a first-of-a-kind brain-inspired supercomputing platform for deep learning inference developed by IBM Research. Based on a breakthrough neurosynaptic computer chip called IBM TrueNorth, the scalable platform will process the equivalent of 16million neurons and 4billion synapses and consume the energy equivalent of a tablet computer – 2.5W of power for the 16 TrueNorth chips. The brain-like, neural network design of the IBM Neuromorphic System is able to infer complex cognitive tasks such as pattern recognition and integrated sensory processing more efficiently than conventional chips. The system will be used to explore computing capabilities important to the National Nuclear Security Administration’s (NNSA) missions in cyber security, stewardship of the US nuclear deterrent and non-proliferation. NNSA’s Advanced Simulation and Computing (ASC) program…


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