SpiNNaker brain simulation project hits 1 million hearts on a single machine

Modeling the brain just got a little easier. The SpiNNaker project, that intends to design a many core computer architecture for mimicking portions of the human anatomy, has attained 1 million cores in one machine. Constructed by the Advanced Processor Technologies Research Group in the School of Computer Science, University of Manchester, the system is a part of the European Union’s Human Brain Project.

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The project, led by the creator of the first ARM architecture, Professor Steve Furber, hopes to mimic exactly the way biological neurons in the brain use spikes to communicate, by mimicking the process from the packets of the SpiNNaker system – with up to 10, 000 little packages sent from a chip at a time.

This is utilized to run spiking neural networks, which use the frequency of spikes, or the timing between spikes, to encode information. For SpiNNaker, the group developed its own processor of the identical name, which features 18 ARM968 chip nodes. In 2023, the team will release the SpiNNaker 2 processor, with 160 Arm Cortex-M4F nodes per package. That is an extremely thrilling milestone in the development of the SpiNNaker project, that was 20 years of designing and over 10 years of construction and we’ve attained the ultimate goal set when the project started of putting together a million cores in one computer for real time modelling applications, Furber said. It is fantastic credit to the group members that worked with me through the years developing the hardware and creating sufficiently reliable a machine in this scale can be expected to carry out regularly and also software tools that have absolved a big development effort to bring them to the level where they can configure interesting issues to run on this system. So this really is a day I’ve been waiting for a very long time and I am very excited that we attained it.

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