Testing to Start for Computer With Chips Inspired by the Human Brain

ENLARGE Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory will test this computer built by IBM using 16 specialized chips inspired by the workings of the human brain. Photo: IBM By Robert McMillan Robert McMillan The Wall Street Journal CANCEL Biography @bobmcmillan therealrobertmcmillan robert.mcmillan@wsj.com Updated March 28, 2016 3:08 p.m. ET 0 COMMENTS To solve some of the world’s toughest computing problems, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory is getting a boost from the human brain. The lab will begin testing Thursday a $1 million computer, the first of its kind, packed with 16 microprocessors that are designed to mimic the way the brain works. The chip called TrueNorth, debuted by International Business Machines in 2014, is radically different from the chips found in today’s servers or personal computers. It is packed with 5.4 billion transistors that constitute…


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