Lawrence Livermore Lab Buys Brainy IBM Supercomputer

IBM last week announced that Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory has purchased its TrueNorth processor-based cognitive computing platform. The purchase included an end-to-end ecosystem and a multisocket host node. The lab will build a supercomputer based on the platform to see how neural networks might be used in the U.S. National Nuclear Security Administration’s cybersecurity program. The NNSA’s Advanced Simulation and Computing Program, a cornerstone of the Stockpile Stewardship Program to ensure the safety, security and reliability of the nation’s nuclear deterrent without underground testing, will evaluate machine learning applications, evaluate deep learning algorithms and architectures, and conduct general computing feasibility studies using the supercomputer. Lawrence Livermore was set to take delivery of the 16-chip TrueNorth board last week, Dharmendra S. Modha, chief scientist for brain-inspired computing at IBM…


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