After 12 years of hard work and financial support of 15 million pounds, Spiking Neural Network Architecture (SpiNNaker) was finally created. It includes almost a million processors that can perform 200 trillions of activities per second and is the largest neuromorphic (neomorphic) supercomputer in the world. (Via: HotHardware)
The new supercomputer has been built and designed by the University of Manchester. The construction of 2006 started and was launched recently.
How does SpiNNaker work?
It sends small amounts of information to different locations at the same time, as is the parallel communication technique of the human brain. This process is opposed to most computers that send vast amounts of information from one place to another via a standard network.
The makers of SpiNNaker are planning to simulate one billion biological neurons with the help of this supercomputer. Although this is smaller than the "100 billions of neurons connected through 1 four million synapses", it will bring us one step closer to understanding the mechanisms of the human brain.
Steve Furber, Professor of Computer Engineering at the University of Manchester, said: "We have essentially created a machine that works more like a brain than a traditional computer, which is extremely exciting."
The development team behind the supercomputer believes it will help them uncover the secrets of the human brain by conducting pioneering large-scale simulations. In addition, SpiNNaker can be used to power an AI-based robot, called SpOmnibot, capable of recognizing and pointing towards optical objects.
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