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AFRL, IBM Partner to Unveil World’s Largest Neuromorphic Digital Synaptic Super Computer

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Dept. of Defense

The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), in partnership with IBM, unveiled the world's largest neuromorphic digital synaptic super computer, dubbed “Blue Raven,” on July 19 at AFRL's Information Directorate Advanced Computing Applications Lab in Rome, New York.

Today, challenges exist in the mobile and autonomous realms due to the limiting factors of size, weight, and power of computing devices—commonly referred to as SWaP. The experimental Blue Raven, with its end-to-end IBM TrueNorth ecosystem, will aim to improve the state-of-the-art by delivering the equivalent of 64 million neurons and 16 billion synapses of processing power while consuming only 40 watts—equivalent to a household light bulb. 

Beyond the orders-of-magnitude improvement in efficiency, researchers believe that the brain-inspired neural network approach to computing will be far more efficient for pattern recognition and integrated sensory processing than systems powered by conventional chips.

AFRL is currently investigating applications for the technology.

The original press release can be found on the AFRL website, here: http://www.wpafb.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/1582310/afrl-ibm-unveil-worlds-largest-neuromorphic-digital-synaptic-super-computer/.

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