Intel Lets Researchers Hang Out on Pohoiki Beach, its 8 Million-Neuron Neuromorphic System

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Intel has released an eight million neuron “neuromorphic” system to the wider research community, hoping to foster a new level of human-mimicking computer systems.

Operating under the codename Pohoiki Beach, the system is constructed using a series of Nahuku chips boards; each of which contains eight to 32 Intel Loihi neuromorphic chips. Neuromorphic is a branch of computer engineering that aims to imitate the neuro-biological architecture of the human nervous system.

Loihi enables users to process information up to 1,000 times faster and 10,000 times more efficiently than CPUs for specialized applications

The Loihi is Intel’s 60 mm2 chip fabricated using the

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