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Neuromorphic digital synaptic super computer is unveiled by IBM, AFRL


July 24, 2018

Mariana Iriarte

Technology Editor

Military Embedded Systems

Left to right ? Mark Barnell, program manager of the Blue Raven project for AFRL, and Dr. Qing Wu, principal computer scientist for the project. Together, they manage the business and engineering aspects of the effort. (Courtesy photo)

ROME RESEARCH LABS, New York. IBM and Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) officials showcased the world's largest neuromorphic digital synaptic super computer at AFRL's Information Directorate Advanced Computing Applications Lab in Rome, New York.

According to AFRL documents, the super computer is named Blue Raven. Its end-to-end IBM TrueNorth ecosystem will aim to deliver the equivalent of 64 million neurons and 16 billion synapses of processing power while only consuming 40 watts, which is the equivalent to a household light bulb.

Researchers believe that the brain inspired neural network approach to computing will be far more efficient for pattern recognition and integrated sensory processing than systems powered by conventional chips, Air Force officials report.


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