Intel and Sandia National Labs Develop Hala Point, the Largest Neuromorphic System

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Intel, in collaboration with Sandia National Laboratories, has successfully deployed Hala Point, currently the world's largest neuromorphic system. The system consists of 1,152 Intel Loihi 2 neuromorphic chips, each capable of simulating one million neurons, culminating in a total of 1.15 billion neurons. Intel's Loihi 2 chips, which are at the core of the Hala Point system, measure only 31 square millimeters and are equipped with 2.3 billion transistors each. These chips are among the first to be manufactured using Intel's advanced Intel 4 process technology, shared only with their Meteor Lake series.

Despite its vast computational capabilities, the Hala Point system is remarkably compact, fitting within six rack units. Its physical dimensions are comparable to those of a conventional microwave oven, and it operates with a power consumption of 2.6 kW. This development marks a significant milestone in the field of neuromorphic computing, pushing the boundaries of what these systems can achieve in terms of size, efficiency, and complexity.

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