With a $1.3 million grant from the Air Force Research Laboratory, researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute will explore the design and potential of next-generation supercomputers that incorporate a highly efficient “neuromorphic” processor, which more closely represents the human brain in its architectural design.
In the Rensselaer project, titled “Massively Parallel Modeling and Simulation of Next-Generation Hybrid Neuromorphic Supercomputer Systems,” researchers will use the Institute’s supercomputer – one of the four most powerful university supercomputers in the U.S. – to simulate a hybrid supercomputer built with neuromorphic as well as classical computing processors, testing various network designs and the resulting outcomes to applications.
“The question we’re asking is: What if future supercomputer designs were to have several embedded neuromorphic processors?” said Christopher Carothers, director of the Center for Computational Innovations. “How would you design that computer? And what new capabilities would it offer?”