IBM unveils computing architecture based on the brain

IBM scientists today unveiled an all-new computing architecture based on the human brain.

In an announcement tonight, IBM Research said that its new software ecosystem was built to program silicon chips whose architecture is directly inspired by the brain’s size, function, and minimal use of power. The company hopes that its breakthrough may support a next generation of applications that could mirror what the brain can achieve in perception, cognition, and action.

“We are working to create a Fortran for neurosynaptic chips,” said IBM principal investigator and senior manager Dharmendar Modha in a release. “While complementing today’s computers, this will bring forth a fundamentally new technological capability in terms of programming and applying emerging learning systems.”

As such, IBM created a multi-threaded, massively parallel and what it said is a highly-scalable software simulator of the kind of cognitive architecture it imagines and which comprises a network of neurosynaptic cores.

As well, it created a highly parameterized spiking neuron model meant to be simple and digital, and which forms what it called a “fundamental information processing unit of brain-like computation” and “supports a … [Read more]

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