Archives for 2019
May 2019 issue of IEEE Computer Magazine’s Cover Features highlights an article summarizing ten years of innovation from IBM Research.
Abstract: IBM’s brain-inspired processor is a massively parallel neural network inference engine containing 1 million spiking neurons and 256 million low-precision synapses. Now, after a decade of fundamental research spanning neuroscience, architecture, chips, systems, software, and algorithms, IBM has delivered the largest neurosynaptic computer ever built.
Guest Post by William P. Risk
Over the course of the SyNAPSE / TrueNorth project, we’ve had the opportunity to leverage the technical depth and breadth that exist in IBM, both within and outside the Research Division. In particular, we’ve collaborated with IBM’s industrial design team since the early days of the project, when they helped us imagine and communicate potential applications of this new technology through concept models and created an iconic cap for the TrueNorth chip. Most recently, we’ve collaborated with both our industrial designers and our Systems Group engineers to design the landmark NS16e-4 Neurosynaptic System.
The elegant and iconic design of this system was recognized recently with two design awards.
First, it was named a Featured Finalist in the 2018 International Design Excellence Awards of the Industrial Design Society of America.
Second, it received 2019 iF Design Award from the iF Design Foundation.