- IBM and the USAF announced on Friday that the machine will run on an array of 64 TrueNorth Neurosynaptic chips.
- The TrueNorth chips are wired together like, and operate in a similar fashion to, the synapses within a biological brain.
- That is, these chips don’t require a clock, as conventional CPUs do, to function.VIDEOWhat’s more, because of the distributed nature of the system, even if one core fails, the rest of the array will continue to work.
- This 64-chip array will contain the processing equivalent of 64 million neurons and 16 billion synapses, yet absolutely sips energy — each processor consumes just 10 watts of electricity.Like other neural networks, this system will be put to use in pattern recognition and sensory processing roles.
- The Air Force wants to combine the TrueNorth’s ability to convert multiple data feeds — whether it’s audio, video or text — into machine readable symbols with a conventional supercomputer’s ability to crunch data.This isn’t the first time that IBM’s neural chip system has been integrated into cutting-edge technology.
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