Biologically-Inspired Massively-Parallel Architectures - computing beyond a million processors

David Lester

(Manchester)

The SpiNNaker project aims to develop parallel computer systems with more
than a million embedded processors. The goal of the project is to support
large-scale simulations of systems of spiking neurons in biological real
time; an application that is highly parallel but which also places very
high loads on the communication infrastructure due to the extremely high
connectivity of biological neurons. The object of the research is to
provide a generic platform that can be used by neuroscientists and
psychologists to test hypotheses of brain function, and also to
demonstrate a high-performance computing system with unprecedented
energy-efficiency.

Tuesday 2nd March 2010, 14:00
Robert Recorde Room
Department of Computer Science