U.S. Air Force taps IBM for 'brain-inspired' supercomputing

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IBM will build an artificial intelligence supercomputing system for the U.S. Air Force Research Lab.

The supercomputing system, which IBM describes as "brain-inspired," will contain software that enables deep neural-network learning. The developers expect the system's pattern recognition and sensory processing power to equal the capabilities of 64 million neurons and 16 billion synapses.

IBM will power the supercomputing system on a 64-chip array of the IBM TrueNorth Neurosynaptic System.

"The new neurosynaptic system will be used to enable new computing capabilities important to AFRL's mission to explore, prototype and demonstrate high-impact, game-changing technologies that enable the Air Force and the nation to maintain its superior technical advantage," said Daniel S. Goddard, director of information directorate at the U.S. Air Force Research Lab.

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