Intel announced its Pohoiki Springs chip chassis will soon be available to members of the Intel Neuromorphic Research Community for use in accelerating their research workloads.
Pohoiki Springs has 768 Loihi research chips inside a chassis with 100 million neurons, Intel said in a presentation on Wednesday. It has the neural capacity of a small mammal’s brain.
Mike Davies, director of Intel’s neuromorphic computing lab, said applications could potentially include searches to find the shortest route in a graph or to perform an approximate image search. Eventually, image searches will be useful on autonomic vehicle sensing and related applications. He said Loihi chips can efficiently classify an odor like methane that they have been subjected to. Intel published a blog post about Loihi’s capabilities.
The Intel research community includes 90 groups of government labs and academic institutions as well as Accenture, Airbus, GE and Hitachi, among other companies. Gartner has said that neuromorphic chips will predominate in artificial intelligence work by 2025.