The press release from IBM is tantalizing and promises a new type of computer chips : IBM Unveils Cognitive Computing Chips:
Today, IBM researchers unveiled a new generation of experimental computer chips designed to emulate the brain’s abilities for perception, action and cognition. The technology could yield many orders of magnitude less power consumption and space than used in today’s computers.
In a sharp departure from traditional concepts in designing and building computers, IBM’s first neurosynaptic computing chips recreate the phenomena between spiking neurons and synapses in biological systems, such as the brain, through advanced algorithms and silicon circuitry. Its first two prototype chips have already been fabricated and are currently undergoing testing.
Stacey Higginbotham writes about the new IBM chips on GigaOm:For our sensor heavy future, IBM cooks up a new silicon brain
That’s where this new silicon comes in. IBM calls them neurosynaptic chips, and it’s architected in a completely different way than current semiconductors. Instead of creating silicon that has a processing core, a bus and a memory cache, IBM has taken a page from the human brain. The integrated memory is represented by synapses, computation by neurons and communication by axons. The current version is far less impressive than the human brain which has billion of neurons — this chip has 256. But the breakthrough here is not just about the new architecture but what that architecture means and where it fits in with the future of computing.
We'll have more on this exciting story as it unfolds.
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IBM Innovation Center Silicon Valley
From archive: August 2011 X
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IBM San Mateo was approached by an Energy and Utility ISV to validate their application on the latest IBM Hardware.
We provided the following taylor made, dedicated system:
Hardware ProvidedVmware esxi installed on 19 x hx5 blade servers
16 cores / blade, 72 GB RAM, 52GB SSD, 8 Gb Fibre Channel HBA
26 TB's of SAN storage using the IBM XIV Storage and Storwize V7000 with SSD's
58 Virtual images running on ESxX 4.1 and applicatons built on Windows 2008x64
We also provided 24 x 7 remote access of the test configuration in San Mateo, Ca. while the development team was on the East CoastThe IBM Innvovation Centers provides end-to-end support for Independent Software Vendors (ISV's)
We helped define test configuration, installed and support test configuration of IBM Blades and Blade Chassis, vMware: hypervisor and applications and Storage as well as marketing support for their solution.
We were able to receive the hardware and install the system within 4 weeks.
The ISV was able to complete their first milestone two weeks after the hardware was made available to them.
They continue to use this system to test many of their applications in this virtualized environment.
working with the San Mateo Innovation Center enabled the ISV to decrease their test time and bring their application to market quicker and with more confidence of a proven solution.
San Mateo Innovation Center's mission is to work with ISV's in the local ecosystem as well as within targeted industrries to enable then to test, market and deliver their applications to our common customers.