November 5, 2018, 09:00 clock is to be able to simulate 1 billion neurons. Image: University of Manchester
The world's largest neuromorphic supercomputer was designed to perform similar processes as in the human brain. It has the incredible number of 1 million processor cores and was first turned on last weekend. The world's largest neuromorphic supercomputer was designed to perform similar processes as in the human brain. It has the incredible number of 1 million processor cores and was first turned on last weekend.
The new SpiNNNaker (Spiking Neural Network Architecture) machine has 1 million processor cores, capable of handling more than 200 million actions per second. This success was made possible by support of 15 million pounds, a 20-year design phase and more than 10 years of construction. With the construction started at the University of Manchester's School of Computer in 2006, has the incredible number of 1 million processor cores has the incredible number of 1 million processor cores. The project, originally funded by the EPSRC, is now supported by the European Human Brain Project. This monster machine was electrified for the first time this weekend.
The SpiNNNaker machine can model far more biological neurons in real time than any other machine in the world. Proper neurons are the basic cells of the brain that communicate with electrical "spikes" (which is roughly measured by the EEG). With a neuromorphic computer one does not want to map this behavior mathematically but to simulate it as close as possible to the original. SpiNNNaker does not process large amounts of information like a PC does. Instead, the massively parallel communication architecture of the brain is mimicked. Billions of small pieces of information are simultaneously transmitted to thousands of different destinations. It is therefore more similar to a biological brain at the functional level than a normal computer.
Targeted is the simulation of one billion biological neurons in real time. This goal makes you feel a lot closer. By comparison, the brain of a mouse is made up of about 100 million neurons, but the human brain is 1,000 times larger. One billion neurons sound like a lot, but only 1% of the human brain. Its 100 billion neurons are interconnected by about 1 quadrillion (1015) synapses. The new computer with its million cores will therefore help neuroscientists to better understand how our brains work by enabling extremely large real-time simulations that simply overstrain other machines