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News Picks : IBM's new chip works like a brain

By: Physics Today
08 August 2014
New York Times: In a paper published yesterday in Science, a team from IBM and Cornell University describes a new computer chip whose architecture is modeled on the human brain. The chip contains 5.4 billion transistors organized into 4096 cores. The cores in turn are connected to each other in a network that integrates 1 million neuron analogues and 256 million synapse analogues. Both the neurons and synapses are reconfigurable. When it comes to number crunching, the brain chip is no match for conventional chips. However, its parallel architecture requires less power and is suited to tasks, such as pattern recognition, that artificial neural networks perform.


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