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Simulating and Estimating the Behavior of a Neuromorphic Co-Processor

Publication Type
Conference Paper
Book Title
Proceedings of the Second International Workshop on Post Moores Era Supercomputing
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Page Numbers
8 to 14
Publisher Location
United States of America
Conference Name
PMES'17: Second International Workshop on Post Moore's Era Supercomputing
Conference Location
Denver, Colorado, United States of America
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Neuromorphic computing represents one technology likely to be incorporated into future supercomputers. In this work, we present initial results on a potential neuromorphic co-processor, including a preliminary device design that includes memristors, estimates on energy usage for the co-processor, and performance of an on-line learning mechanism. We also present a high-level co-processor simulator used to estimate the performance of the neuromorphic co-processor on real applications. We discuss future use-cases of a potential neuromorphic co-processor in the supercomputing environment, including as an accelerator for supervised learning and for unsupervised, on-line learning tasks. Finally, we discuss plans for future work.