Startup Knupath offers world a new CPU architecture

A company led by a former NASA boss wants to take tricky and compute-intensive algorithms off general-purpose silicon and has just popped out of stealth mode to show off its first efforts. The de-cloaking, which came after an uncharacteristically long period of ten years in “stealth mode”, revealed to the world a digital signal processor (DSP) designed for signal processing, deep learning and analytics. Why would it stay beneath the radar so long? Because the company, Knupath, founded by former NASA administrator Dan Goldin, was working in a new architecture. As discussed in depth at The Register’s HPC sister publication The Next Platform, Knupath is betting its future – and US$100 million of patient investment – on “sparse matrix-based computing on low-power and reprogrammable devices”. Put simply, a sparse matrix…


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