United States • Neuromorphic AI • Mar 23, 2020
Intel introduces Pohoiki Springs, its most powerful neuromorphic research system till date
The cloud-based system has the computational capacity of 100 million neurones.
Intel Corp has announced its latest and most powerful neuromorphic research system till date called the Pohoiki Springs. The cloud-based system has a capacity of 100 million neurons that mimics neurobiological architectures of the nervous system. The system is similar to the neural capacity of a small mammal such as a mole rat’s brain.
The data centre rack-mounted system integrates 768 Loihi neuromorphic research chips inside a chassis the size of five standard servers. The system can already identify ten smells. The Loihi chips, inspired by the human brains, can process demanding workloads up to 1,000 times faster and 10,000 times more efficiently than conventional processes.
“Pohoiki Springs is the next step in scaling this architecture to assess its potential to solve not just artificial intelligence (AI) problems, but a wide range of computationally difficult problems. Intel researchers believe the extreme parallelism and asynchronous signalling of neuromorphic systems may provide significant performance gains at dramatically reduced power levels compared with the most advanced conventional computers available today,” Intel said in a statement.
The Pohoiki Springs will be available to Intel’s Neuromorphic Research Community (NRC) members via the cloud using Intel’s Nx SDK and community-contributed software components. The system, which is still in the research phase, will serve as a tool for the NRC members to develop new algorithms for processing, problem-solving and learning.
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