Tachyum unveils a processor family, codenamed Prodigy, that combines the advantages of CPUs with GP-GPUs, and specialized AI chips in a single universal processor platform with ten times the processing power per watt of conventional processors. According to the company, with its disruptive architecture, Prodigy will enable a super-computational system for real-time full capacity human brain neural network simulation by 2020.
Tachyum's universal processor offers the programming ease comparable to a CPU with performance and efficiency comparable to GP-GPU, for a universal-purpose processor that can handle hyperscale workloads, AI, HPC, and other demanding applications with ease. A typical hyperscale data center using servers equipped with Prodigy will provide ten times the compute performance at the same power budget. Prodigy will reduce data center total cost of ownership (TCO) by a factor of four; conversely, a Prodigy-based data center delivering the same performance as conventional servers can be built in as small as 1% the space and consume one-tenth the energy.
AI use cases will benefit from Prodigy's extreme compute muscle. AI has rapidly evolved into several distinct disciplines, including convolutional networks, deep learning AI, symbolic AI, general AI and bio AI, each running distinctly different algorithms with different processing requirements. Similarly, human brain simulation is highly sought after by R&D projects because of its promise for deriving insights from massive data sets. The Tachyum Universal Processor Platform is an ideal tool for efforts like the real-time Human Brain Project, where there's a need for more than 1019 Flops (10,000,000,000,000,000,000 floating-point operations per second - 10 exaflop), as well as providing the computational power for scientific and engineering solutions that cannot be provided by today's systems.
Tachyum's architecture overcomes the limitations of semiconductor device physics, which were thought to be insolvable. Tachyum solved the performance problem of connecting very fast transistors with very slow wires – a standard processor design that has stifled semiconductor innovation for years, and stymied Silicon Valley engineers, even though nanometer-sized transistors in use today are far faster than in the past.
Because Prodigy delivers an efficiency per watt that is an order of magnitude better than today's CPUs, Tachyum's new design addresses what many identify as one of the most critical challenges facing hyperscale enterprises today: energy consumption. Global datacenters currently consume 40% more electricity than the entire United Kingdom, and demand is doubling every five years. For more information, visit Tachyum.