Building SpiNNaker machines

Luis A. Plana, Steven Temple, Jonathan Heathcote, Dave Clark, Jeffrey Pepper, James Garside, Steve Furber

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The 40 person-year effort required to develop the SpiNNaker chip constituted only the first step in the path to build a platform to help understand how the human brain works. The next step was to make SpiNNaker chips work together in a massive scale to simulate very large spiking neural networks. The initial target was to simulate a billion neurons, around 1% of the human brain, in real time. Our estimates suggested that it would require one million processing cores, that is, over 57,000 SpiNNaker chips.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication SpiNNaker
Subtitle of host publicationa spiking neural network architecture
EditorsSteve Furber, Petruţ Bogdan
PublisherNow Publishers Inc
Number of pages26
ISBN (Electronic)9781680836530
ISBN (Print)9781680836523
Publication statusPublished - 31 Mar 2020


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