1. Origins

By Steve Furber, University of Manchester, UK

Published: 31 Mar 2020

© 2020 Steve Furber

Abstract

The Spiking Neural Network Architecture (SpiNNaker) project has as its aim the design and construction of a massively parallel computer to support the modelling of large-scale systems of spiking neural networks in biological real time. The objectives of this research are two-fold: firstly, to build a machine that can contribute to progress towards the scientific Grand Challenge of understanding the principles underpinning information processing in the brain; and secondly, to use what we do understand about the brain to help build better computers.