Researchers Build Million-Core Neuromorphic Supercomputer with Massive ARM CPU Array

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  1. AlphaAtlas

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    Researchers from the University of Manchester have constructed a million-core supercomputer that can allegedly "model more biological neurons in real time than any other machine on the planet." The contraption took over 10 years and many millions of dollars to construct. Unlike traditional supercomputers, the system uses a neuromorphic architecture with a special interconnect. The machine was switched on for the first time last Friday, and the creators say they've already used the architecture to simulate parts of the brain and control a robot.

    Check out a video of the supercomputer here.

    The SpiNNaker engine is a massively-parallel multi-core computing system. It will contain up to 1,036,800 ARM9 cores and 7Tbytes of RAM distributed throughout the system in 57K nodes, each node being a System-in-Package (SiP) containing 18 cores plus a 128Mbyte off-die SDRAM (Synchronous Dynamic Random Access Memory). Each core has associated with it 64Kbytes of data tightly-coupled memory (DTCM) and 32Kbytes of instruction tightly-coupled memory (ITCM). The cores have a variety of ways of communicating with each other and with the memory, the dominant of which is by packets. These are 5- or 9-byte (40- or 72-bit) quanta of information that are transmitted around the system under the aegis of a bespoke concurrent hardware routing system. The physical hierarchy of the system has each node containing two silicon dies - the SpiNNaker chip itself, plus the Mobile DDR (Double Data Rate) SDRAM, which is physically mounted on top of the SpiNNaker die and stitch-bonded to it. The nodes are packaged and mounted in a 48-node hexagonal array on a PCB (Printed Circuit Board), the full system requiring 1,200 such boards. In operation, the engine consumes at most 90kW of electrical power.
     
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  2. Lothar

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    And so it begins.
     
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    They also used to to order takeout from pizza hut.
     
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    I like the usage of SATA cables. I would have liked to see more details of the individual boards.
     
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    Bespoke routing! Nice!

    :D
     
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    Its would be a hell of a job finding out which cpu failed if they had a problem. How do you diagnose 1 in a million cores ?
     
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    Intel ME or Supermicro BMC
     
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    did someone make the crysis joke yet
     
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    Dang, thats a lot of work to try and speed run Galaga.

    Best of luck.
     
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    Came here to do this. Let's not and say we did.
     
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    You have to build a second one that can then diagnose the first through machine learning. :p
     
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    This part:
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    The performance per watt specs seem ideal for crypto mining as well.
     
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    This computer can't play crysis, but it can actually play the game crysis as a player
     
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    you are going to be having a crysis if you dont delete this message :)

    edit: that smiley looks threatening in this context. im so joking!
     
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    But can it run 3D Maze.scr?
     
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    By the time they finish connecting all the cores a single AMD server chip will have as many cores in one package...
     
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    Pizza Hut continues their trend of being one of the firsts. IIRC, PizzaNet was the first web site you could order anything from and have it delivered to you. The precursor to Amazon.com.
     
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    So long as the machines don't spell out EVERY SINGLE FUCKING ACRONYM in paranthesis, then I look forward to them supping upon my fleshy parts.
     
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    I haven't heard that phrase in a very long time. ;-) [Though I think it was "Let's don't and say we did"...]
     
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    3D Pipes... I want to know how fast it can draw those pipes.