The initial goal of the project, code-named Compass, is far more ambitious than anything previously attempted, and actually features almost 10x as many neurons as there are in a human brain. Science News Daily called it a “cognitive milestone,” and Popular Science writes that IBM’s “cognitive computing program… just hit a major high.”
To do it, IBM used its cognitive computing chips unveiled last year. They are designed to recreate the phenomena between spiking neurons and synapses. More than 2 billion of these cores were divided into 77 brain-inspired regions, with gray matter and white matter connectivity, according to IBM.
For More Information:
- (New Yorker Nov 2012) The Brain In The Machine
- (Engadget Nov 2012) IBM Supercomputer Simulate 530 Billion Neurons and a Whole Lot of Synapses
- (Popsci Nov 2012) Simulated Brain Ramps Up to Include 100 Trillion Synapses
- (IBM Dec 2012) IBM’s 5 in 5: Welcome To The Era of Cognitive Systems
–Posted by Julie Yamamoto, Program Manager, The Greater IBM Connection