IBM presents processor that operates as a brain




Hardware Manufacturer IBM has a processor built about as functioning as the brain. The neural processor is fundamentally different than current processors and is specialized tasks much more efficient than current processors.

The neural processor True North has 4,096 cores, made ​​on Samsung’s 28nm process. In total, the processor has 5.4 billion transistors. Each processor has more than 100,000 bits of its own memory to store what his condition is and what connections it can impose.

The difference with conventional processors is that the information does not come from the binary display the presence or outstanding of the transistors, but from spikes, where the information is in the timing and frequency of these spikes. And also, the “neurons” in the processor that send and receive spikes to 256 other “neurons” can conventional processors is not possible.

By that other processor architecture is much more efficient at performing certain tasks, such as object recognition in video. Researchers from IBM and Cornell University say in the journal Science that the chip consumes 65mW when analyzing video images of 240×400 pixels at 30fps; current processors have much more energy for that.

IBM is involved in neural processors for years. It started in their own words six years ago and last year presented a software ecosystem for these processors, because current software is not working.

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