Per Cade Metz of Wired, 8/17/2015, IBM for the first time is sharing their TrueNorth computers with the outside world. They are running a three-week class for academics and government researchers at an IBM R&D lab. The students are exploring the chip’s architecture and beginning to build software. At the end of the training session, the students, which represent 30 institutions on five continents, will each take their own TrueNorth computer back to their labs. Let the games begin!
In the meantime, President Obama has signed the National Strategic Computer Initiative, an executive order that sets the goal of producing an American supercomputer with an exaflop of processing power. This computer will be 20 times faster than the current fastest supercomputer, which is owned by China. This new computer will use parallel processing, but not be as unique as the IBM TrueNorth chip design and will not require new computer code. Nvidia is creating the supercomputer system which is initially targeted for the medical field.
As we are seeing, the efforts on supercomputing and on learning to use chips capable for AI are accelerating.