SNS: Celebrating The First PRP Chip

SNS: Celebrating The First PRP Chip


SNS Subscriber Edition
Volume 17, Issue 43
Week of November 24, 2014
In This Issue

Feature: Celebrating The First PRP Chip

Quotes of the Week

Takeout Window

  • Core of the TrueNorth Chip in Action
  • The Supporting Technologies In and Behind TrueNorth

Upgrades And Numbers

  • “Ideas into Actions: Global Threats / Global Solutions”


In Case You Missed It…
SNS Members Making News


Cognitive computing has received an increasing amount of attention recently, as those who have been touting the Big Data problem /opportunity have come up against the rather obvious challenge: how to deal with it most effectively?

The scientists, academicians, policymakers, and business leaders who worry about these things have been working for years on a large problem set, essentially under the rubric of “brain-inspired computing.” These new efforts include new theories about brain function, new MRI and fMRI studies, new work in neural networks and asynchronous computing, new chips, new languages, and new hardware and software on every level.

In a sense, these experts have approached the problem by assuming that the brain, as a product of evolution, has achieved goals in low-power, high-performance computing that are so advanced as to deserve biomimetic engineering; and by working to emulate a number of the brain’s structures and functions in order to vault modern computing forward by some huge factor.

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