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Programmable Neurocomputing Krste Asanovic

Summary: Programmable Neurocomputing
Krste Asanovi´c
MIT Laboratory for Computer Science
200 Technology Square
Cambridge, MA 02139
Appears in The Handbook of Brain Theory and Neural Networks, 2nd edition,
(M.A. Arbib, Ed.), Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 2002. (c) The MIT Press
1 Introduction
General-purpose personal computers and workstations are the most popular computing
platforms used by researchers to simulate artificial neural network (ANN) algorithms.
They provide a convenient and flexible programming environment and technology ad-
vances have been rapidly increasing their performance and reducing their cost. But
large ANN simulations can still overwhelm the capabilities of even the most power-
ful workstations. For example, computations may require greater than 1015 arithmetic
operations and operate on data sets containing several gigabytes of data [5].
Many neural net algorithms are highly parallelizable, allowing simulation speed to
be improved by employing a network of workstations (NOW) [2]. Compared with more
specialized hardware, a NOW can be an expensive solution. Fast network hardware


Source: Asanovic, Krste - Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory & Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)


Collections: Computer Technologies and Information Sciences