Intel introduced the most powerful neuromorphic processor – in terms of performance and complexity, it is comparable to the brain of a small mammal. This was said in a statement.
The system is called Pohoiki Springs, its computing power is 100 million neurons. It is based on 768 Loihi processors, the architecture of which resembles the structure of the animal’s brain.
Traditional computers process information in one area and then transfer it to another for storage. But Loihi, like the brain, performs both functions in one place – this saves the time required to complete the operation and the energy spent on it.
The new system, according to the company, will work through the cloud and will be available to members of the Intel Neuromorphic Research Community (INRC). It will allow researchers to solve more ambitious and complex tasks as part of their neuromorphic computing projects.
According to Intel, Pohoiki Springs can be used in many areas of computer technology, such as determining the optimal paths for guiding the movement or delivery of goods, minimizing the risks of returning a portfolio of stocks or planning flights with airlines.
“The Pohoiki Springs system extends the computing capabilities of our neuromorphic research processor Loihi by more than 750 times, while its power consumption does not exceed 500 watts. This system allows our research partners to learn little-known ways to accelerate workloads, the speed of which on traditional architectures, including modern high-performance computing (HPC) systems, is still quite low”.
Mike Davis, Intel