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Feature Article

Feature Article

Brain-Inspired Machines: What exactly are we looking for?

This feature article in IEEE Pulse Magazine addressed the subject of brain-inspired or neuromorphic computing. This is a broad concept that covers many different device and architectural approaches to computing. Researchers are not actually trying to design a human brain, which in any case we don’t fully understand. But unlike traditional computers, which follow the Von Neumann digital architecture, brains combine analog and digital, logic and memory, are massively parallel, energy efficient, tolerant of noise and defects, and are self-programming. Furthermore, they are optimized for problems (such as image and language processing) that can be difficult for traditional computers. We can expect that brain and computer research will continue to inspire each other for decades to come.

Read the article here.

There are also many articles on brain-inspired or neuromorphic computing in the proceedings of the 1st IEEE International Conference on Rebooting Computing (ICRC 2016). See here for a list of papers.

Technology Spotlight

Technology Spotlight

Historical Impact of Government Investment in High Performance Computing

Dr. Robert Leland is the Chief Technology Officer of Sandia National Laboratories. He presented the opening talk of the 1st IEEE International Conference on Rebooting Computing (ICRC 2016, http://icrc.ieee.org/), held in San Diego, CA, Oct. 17-19, 2016. Dr. Leland reviewed the history of supercomputing, starting with the mainframe era in the 1950s. This was followed by the vector (parallel) era in the 1970s, the distributed memory (massively parallel) era in the 1990s, and the latest transition to a many-core era with heterogeneous nodes. In each case, US government investment was needed to make the transition from one era to the next. The National Strategic Computing Initiative (NSCI) is the latest effort to promote the development of a new generation of supercomputing hardware and software.

Watch the video of his presentation here.

Other presentations from ICRC 2016 are available here.