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Primeur weekly 2018-07-30

Focus

Verne Global turns clever SME ideas into Cloud compute reality with hpcDIRECT in free-cooled Icelandic data centres ...

Opin Kerfi goes big with HPC cluster leasing and co-location in Iceland offering free cooling and purity of air ...

Quantum computing

World-first quantum computer simulation of chemical bonds using trapped ions ...

Demon in the details of quantum thermodynamics ...

Tuning into quantum: Scientists unlock signal frequency control of precision atom qubits ...

Hardware

BrainChip to showcase neuromorphic computing solutions at MPSoC ...

BrainChip unveils the Akida Development Environment ...

Cray delivers powerful supercomputer dedicated to astronomy to National Astronomical Observatory of Japan ...

Intel stops production of Knights Landing/Xeon Phi processors ...

AFRL and IBM unveil world's largest neuromorphic digital synaptic supercomputer ...

Supermicro joins Board of the Storage Networking Industry Association to accelerate all-flash NVMe storage advancements and adoption ...

Underlying mechanism discovered for magnetic effect in superconducting spintronics ...

Applications

Oracle TimesTen Scaleout sets new performance standard for in-memory databases ...

Artificial Intelligence in Cybersecurity wins Lorentz-eScience competition 2018 ...

ACM's SIGHPC to announce 2018 Fellowship winners ...

International IEEE eScience Conference issues Call for conference travel and attendance grants ...

Texas Women in HPC Chapter formed ...

Researchers find new way to target flu virus ...

Newest supercomputer to help develop fusion energy in international device ...

XSEDE allocates $7,3 million worth of computing time to U.S. researchers in latest allocation cycle ...

Ruby Mendenhall charts progress using HPC and Big Data to flag unidentified historical sources on African American women's lives ...

XSEDE announces 2018-2019 Campus Champions Fellows ...

The Cloud

On-demand high performance Cloud computing for today's most demanding workflows offered by PADT in partnership with Nimbix ...

Share your thoughts and vote on the evolution of EOSC and FAIR data ...

EGI Foundation and Terradue signed a Memorandum of Understanding ...

HPE advances intelligent storage capabilities with AI and Cloud automation for HPE 3PAR ...

BrainChip unveils the Akida Development Environment


24 Jul 2018 San Francisco - BrainChip Holdings Ltd., a neuromorphic computing company, has made available the Akida Development Environment. The Akida Development Environment is a machine learning framework for the creation, training, and testing of spiking neural networks (SNNs), supporting the development of systems for edge and enterprise products on the company's Akida Neuromorphic System-on-Chip (NSoC).

Akida is the flagship product in BrainChip's mission to become the leading neuromorphic computing company that solves complex problems to make worldwide industry more productive and improve the human condition. Applications that benefit from the Akida solution include public safety, transportation, agricultural productivity, financial security, cybersecurity and health care. These large growth markets represent a $4.5 billion opportunity by 2025.

The Akida Development Environment includes the Akida Execution Engine, data-to-spike converters, and a model zoo of pre-created spiking neural network (SNN) models. The framework leverages the Python scripting language and its associated tools and libraries, including Jupyter notebooks, NumPy and Matplotlib.

"This development environment is the first phase in the commercialization of neuromorphic computing based on BrainChip's ground-breaking Akida neuron design", stated Bob Beachler, SVP of Marketing and Business Development. "It provides everything a user needs to develop, train, and run inference for spiking neural networks. Akida is targeted at high growth markets that provide a multi-billion dollar opportunity and we are already engaged with leading companies in major market segments."

The Akida Execution Engine is at the centre of the framework and contains a software simulation of the Akida neuron, synapses, and the multiple supported training methodologies. Easily accessed through API calls in a Python script, users can specify their neural network topologies, training method, and datasets for execution. Based on the structure of the Akida neuron, the execution engine supports multiple training methods, including unsupervised training and unsupervised training with a labelled final layer.

Spiking neural networks work on spike patterns. The development environment natively accepts spiking data created by Dynamic Vision Sensors (DVS). However, there are many other types of data that can be used with SNNs. Embedded in the Akida Execution Engine are data-to-spike converters, which convert common data formats such as image information (pixels) into the spikes required for an SNN. The development environment will initially ship with a pixel-to-spike data converter, to be followed by converters for audio and Big Data requirements in cybersecurity, financial information and the Internet-of-Things data. Users are also able to create their own proprietary data to spike converters to be used within the development environment.

The Akida Development Environment includes pre-created SNN models. Currently available models include a multi-layer perceptron implementation for MNIST in DVS format, a 7-layer network optimized for the CIFAR-10 dataset, and a 22-layer network optimized for the ImageNet dataset. These models can be the basis for users to modify, or to create their own custom SNN models.

"Akida is the Greek word for 'spike'. The Akida NSoC is the culmination of over a decade of development and is the first spiking neural network acceleration device for production environments", stated Peter van der Made, Founder and CTO of BrainChip. Additional information on the Akida NSoC will be made available in the third quarter of 2018.

The Akida Development Environment is currently available on an early-access program to approved customers.
Source: BrainChip

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Primeur weekly 2018-07-30

Focus

Verne Global turns clever SME ideas into Cloud compute reality with hpcDIRECT in free-cooled Icelandic data centres ...

Opin Kerfi goes big with HPC cluster leasing and co-location in Iceland offering free cooling and purity of air ...

Quantum computing

World-first quantum computer simulation of chemical bonds using trapped ions ...

Demon in the details of quantum thermodynamics ...

Tuning into quantum: Scientists unlock signal frequency control of precision atom qubits ...

Hardware

BrainChip to showcase neuromorphic computing solutions at MPSoC ...

BrainChip unveils the Akida Development Environment ...

Cray delivers powerful supercomputer dedicated to astronomy to National Astronomical Observatory of Japan ...

Intel stops production of Knights Landing/Xeon Phi processors ...

AFRL and IBM unveil world's largest neuromorphic digital synaptic supercomputer ...

Supermicro joins Board of the Storage Networking Industry Association to accelerate all-flash NVMe storage advancements and adoption ...

Underlying mechanism discovered for magnetic effect in superconducting spintronics ...

Applications

Oracle TimesTen Scaleout sets new performance standard for in-memory databases ...

Artificial Intelligence in Cybersecurity wins Lorentz-eScience competition 2018 ...

ACM's SIGHPC to announce 2018 Fellowship winners ...

International IEEE eScience Conference issues Call for conference travel and attendance grants ...

Texas Women in HPC Chapter formed ...

Researchers find new way to target flu virus ...

Newest supercomputer to help develop fusion energy in international device ...

XSEDE allocates $7,3 million worth of computing time to U.S. researchers in latest allocation cycle ...

Ruby Mendenhall charts progress using HPC and Big Data to flag unidentified historical sources on African American women's lives ...

XSEDE announces 2018-2019 Campus Champions Fellows ...

The Cloud

On-demand high performance Cloud computing for today's most demanding workflows offered by PADT in partnership with Nimbix ...

Share your thoughts and vote on the evolution of EOSC and FAIR data ...

EGI Foundation and Terradue signed a Memorandum of Understanding ...

HPE advances intelligent storage capabilities with AI and Cloud automation for HPE 3PAR ...