IBM Brain In The Machine: A “Cognitive Milestone”

Neurosynaptic Cores This network of neurosynaptic cores is derived from wiring in the monkey brain.

Neurosynaptic Cores This network of neurosynaptic cores is derived from wiring in the monkey brain.

IBM Research Almaden unveiled has the world’s grandest simulation of a brain, running on 96 supercomputers at Supercomputing 2012.  That’s half a trillion neurons and a hundred trillion synapses.

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.

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–Posted by Julie Yamamoto, Program Manager, The Greater IBM Connection