U.S. Air Force Research Lab Taps IBM to Build Brain-Inspired AI Supercomputing System

Equal to 64 million neurons, new neurosynaptic supercomputing system will power complex AI tasks at unprecedented speed and energy efficiency

ARMONK, N.Y. and ROME, N.Y., June 23, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- IBM (NYSE: IBM) and the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) today announced they are collaborating on a first-of-a-kind brain-inspired supercomputing system powered by a 64-chip array of the IBM TrueNorth Neurosynaptic System. The scalable platform IBM is building for AFRL will feature an end-to-end software ecosystem designed to enable deep neural-network learning and information discovery. The system's advanced pattern recognition and sensory processing power will be the equivalent of 64 million neurons and 16 billion synapses, while the processor component will consume the energy equivalent of a dim light bulb – a mere 10 watts to power.  

IBM researchers believe the brain-inspired, neural network design of TrueNorth will be far more efficient for pattern recognition and integrated sensory processing than systems powered by conventional chips. AFRL is investigating applications of the system in embedded, mobile, autonomous settings where, today, size, weight and power (SWaP) are key limiting factors. 

The IBM TrueNorth Neurosynaptic System can efficiently convert data (such as images, video, audio and text) from multiple, distributed sensors into symbols in real time. AFRL will combine this "right-brain" perception capability of the system with the "left-brain" symbol processing capabilities of conventional computer systems. The large scale of the system will enable both "data parallelism" where multiple data sources can be run in parallel against the same neural network and "model parallelism" where independent neural networks form an ensemble that can be run in parallel on the same data.

"AFRL was the earliest adopter of TrueNorth for converting data into decisions," said Daniel S. Goddard, director, information directorate, U.S. Air Force Research Lab. "The new neurosynaptic system will be used to enable new computing capabilities important to AFRL's mission to explore, prototype and demonstrate high-impact, game-changing technologies that enable the Air Force and the nation to maintain its superior technical advantage."

"The evolution of the IBM TrueNorth Neurosynaptic System is a solid proof point in our quest to lead the industry in AI hardware innovation," said Dharmendra S. Modha, IBM Fellow, chief scientist, brain-inspired computing, IBM Research - Almaden. "Over the last six years, IBM has expanded the number of neurons per system from 256 to more than 64 million – an 800 percent annual increase over six years.''

The system fits in a 4U-high (7") space in a standard server rack and eight such systems will enable the unprecedented scale of 512 million neurons per rack. A single processor in the system consists of 5.4 billion transistors organized into 4,096 neural cores creating an array of 1 million digital neurons that communicate with one another via 256 million electrical synapses.  For CIFAR-100 dataset, TrueNorth achieves near state-of-the-art accuracy, while running at >1,500 frames/s and using 200 mW (effectively >7,000 frames/s per Watt) – orders of magnitude lower speed and energy than a conventional computer running inference on the same neural network.  

The IBM TrueNorth Neurosynaptic System was originally developed under the auspices of Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's (DARPA) Systems of Neuromorphic Adaptive Plastic Scalable Electronics (SyNAPSE) program in collaboration with Cornell University. In 2016, the TrueNorth Team received the inaugural Misha Mahowald Prize for Neuromorphic Engineering and TrueNorth was accepted into the Computer History Museum.  Research with TrueNorth is currently being performed by more than 40 universities, government labs, and industrial partners on five continents.

About IBM Research
For more than seven decades, IBM Research has defined the future of information technology with more than 3,000 researchers in 12 labs located across six continents. Scientists from IBM Research have produced six Nobel Laureates, 10 U.S. National Medals of Technology, five U.S. National Medals of Science, six Turing Awards, 19 inductees in the National Academy of Sciences and 20 inductees into the U.S. National Inventors Hall of Fame. For more information about IBM Research, visit www.ibm.com/research.

About Air Force Research Laboratory
With headquarters at Rome, NY, the Information Directorate (RI) research vector develops novel and affordable Command, Control, Communications, Computing, Cyber, and Intelligence (C4I) technologies. RI is recognized as a national asset and leader in C4I. Refining data into information and knowledge for decision makers to command and control forces is what we do. This knowledge gives our air, space, and cyberspace forces the competitive advantage needed to protect and defend this great nation. For more information about AFRL, http://www.wpafb.af.mil/afrl/ri.aspx.

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Caroline Yu Vespi
IBM External Relations
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U.S. Air Force Research Lab Taps IBM to Build Brain-Inspired AI Supercomputing System

Equal to 64 million neurons, new neurosynaptic supercomputing system will power complex AI tasks at unprecedented speed and energy efficiency

ARMONK, N.Y. and ROME, N.Y., June 23, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- IBM (NYSE: IBM) and the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) today announced they are collaborating on a first-of-a-kind brain-inspired supercomputing system powered by a 64-chip array of the IBM TrueNorth Neurosynaptic System. The scalable platform IBM is building for AFRL will feature an end-to-end software ecosystem designed to enable deep neural-network learning and information discovery. The system's advanced pattern recognition and sensory processing power will be the equivalent of 64 million neurons and 16 billion synapses, while the processor component will consume the energy equivalent of a dim light bulb – a mere 10 watts to power.  

IBM researchers believe the brain-inspired, neural network design of TrueNorth will be far more efficient for pattern recognition and integrated sensory processing than systems powered by conventional chips. AFRL is investigating applications of the system in embedded, mobile, autonomous settings where, today, size, weight and power (SWaP) are key limiting factors. 

The IBM TrueNorth Neurosynaptic System can efficiently convert data (such as images, video, audio and text) from multiple, distributed sensors into symbols in real time. AFRL will combine this "right-brain" perception capability of the system with the "left-brain" symbol processing capabilities of conventional computer systems. The large scale of the system will enable both "data parallelism" where multiple data sources can be run in parallel against the same neural network and "model parallelism" where independent neural networks form an ensemble that can be run in parallel on the same data.

"AFRL was the earliest adopter of TrueNorth for converting data into decisions," said Daniel S. Goddard, director, information directorate, U.S. Air Force Research Lab. "The new neurosynaptic system will be used to enable new computing capabilities important to AFRL's mission to explore, prototype and demonstrate high-impact, game-changing technologies that enable the Air Force and the nation to maintain its superior technical advantage."

"The evolution of the IBM TrueNorth Neurosynaptic System is a solid proof point in our quest to lead the industry in AI hardware innovation," said Dharmendra S. Modha, IBM Fellow, chief scientist, brain-inspired computing, IBM Research - Almaden. "Over the last six years, IBM has expanded the number of neurons per system from 256 to more than 64 million – an 800 percent annual increase over six years.''

The system fits in a 4U-high (7") space in a standard server rack and eight such systems will enable the unprecedented scale of 512 million neurons per rack. A single processor in the system consists of 5.4 billion transistors organized into 4,096 neural cores creating an array of 1 million digital neurons that communicate with one another via 256 million electrical synapses.  For CIFAR-100 dataset, TrueNorth achieves near state-of-the-art accuracy, while running at >1,500 frames/s and using 200 mW (effectively >7,000 frames/s per Watt) – orders of magnitude lower speed and energy than a conventional computer running inference on the same neural network.  

The IBM TrueNorth Neurosynaptic System was originally developed under the auspices of Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's (DARPA) Systems of Neuromorphic Adaptive Plastic Scalable Electronics (SyNAPSE) program in collaboration with Cornell University. In 2016, the TrueNorth Team received the inaugural Misha Mahowald Prize for Neuromorphic Engineering and TrueNorth was accepted into the Computer History Museum.  Research with TrueNorth is currently being performed by more than 40 universities, government labs, and industrial partners on five continents.

About IBM Research
For more than seven decades, IBM Research has defined the future of information technology with more than 3,000 researchers in 12 labs located across six continents. Scientists from IBM Research have produced six Nobel Laureates, 10 U.S. National Medals of Technology, five U.S. National Medals of Science, six Turing Awards, 19 inductees in the National Academy of Sciences and 20 inductees into the U.S. National Inventors Hall of Fame. For more information about IBM Research, visit www.ibm.com/research.

About Air Force Research Laboratory
With headquarters at Rome, NY, the Information Directorate (RI) research vector develops novel and affordable Command, Control, Communications, Computing, Cyber, and Intelligence (C4I) technologies. RI is recognized as a national asset and leader in C4I. Refining data into information and knowledge for decision makers to command and control forces is what we do. This knowledge gives our air, space, and cyberspace forces the competitive advantage needed to protect and defend this great nation. For more information about AFRL, http://www.wpafb.af.mil/afrl/ri.aspx.

Contact
Caroline Yu Vespi
IBM External Relations
1 (925) 212-9184
cvespi@us.ibm.com

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U.S. Air Force Research Lab Taps IBM to Build Brain-Inspired AI Supercomputing System

Equal to 64 million neurons, new neurosynaptic supercomputing system will power complex AI tasks at unprecedented speed and energy efficiency

ARMONK, N.Y. and ROME, N.Y., June 23, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- IBM (NYSE: IBM) and the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) today announced they are collaborating on a first-of-a-kind brain-inspired supercomputing system powered by a 64-chip array of the IBM TrueNorth Neurosynaptic System. The scalable platform IBM is building for AFRL will feature an end-to-end software ecosystem designed to enable deep neural-network learning and information discovery. The system's advanced pattern recognition and sensory processing power will be the equivalent of 64 million neurons and 16 billion synapses, while the processor component will consume the energy equivalent of a dim light bulb – a mere 10 watts to power.  

IBM researchers believe the brain-inspired, neural network design of TrueNorth will be far more efficient for pattern recognition and integrated sensory processing than systems powered by conventional chips. AFRL is investigating applications of the system in embedded, mobile, autonomous settings where, today, size, weight and power (SWaP) are key limiting factors. 

The IBM TrueNorth Neurosynaptic System can efficiently convert data (such as images, video, audio and text) from multiple, distributed sensors into symbols in real time. AFRL will combine this "right-brain" perception capability of the system with the "left-brain" symbol processing capabilities of conventional computer systems. The large scale of the system will enable both "data parallelism" where multiple data sources can be run in parallel against the same neural network and "model parallelism" where independent neural networks form an ensemble that can be run in parallel on the same data.

"AFRL was the earliest adopter of TrueNorth for converting data into decisions," said Daniel S. Goddard, director, information directorate, U.S. Air Force Research Lab. "The new neurosynaptic system will be used to enable new computing capabilities important to AFRL's mission to explore, prototype and demonstrate high-impact, game-changing technologies that enable the Air Force and the nation to maintain its superior technical advantage."

"The evolution of the IBM TrueNorth Neurosynaptic System is a solid proof point in our quest to lead the industry in AI hardware innovation," said Dharmendra S. Modha, IBM Fellow, chief scientist, brain-inspired computing, IBM Research - Almaden. "Over the last six years, IBM has expanded the number of neurons per system from 256 to more than 64 million – an 800 percent annual increase over six years.''

The system fits in a 4U-high (7") space in a standard server rack and eight such systems will enable the unprecedented scale of 512 million neurons per rack. A single processor in the system consists of 5.4 billion transistors organized into 4,096 neural cores creating an array of 1 million digital neurons that communicate with one another via 256 million electrical synapses.  For CIFAR-100 dataset, TrueNorth achieves near state-of-the-art accuracy, while running at >1,500 frames/s and using 200 mW (effectively >7,000 frames/s per Watt) – orders of magnitude lower speed and energy than a conventional computer running inference on the same neural network.  

The IBM TrueNorth Neurosynaptic System was originally developed under the auspices of Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's (DARPA) Systems of Neuromorphic Adaptive Plastic Scalable Electronics (SyNAPSE) program in collaboration with Cornell University. In 2016, the TrueNorth Team received the inaugural Misha Mahowald Prize for Neuromorphic Engineering and TrueNorth was accepted into the Computer History Museum.  Research with TrueNorth is currently being performed by more than 40 universities, government labs, and industrial partners on five continents.

About IBM Research
For more than seven decades, IBM Research has defined the future of information technology with more than 3,000 researchers in 12 labs located across six continents. Scientists from IBM Research have produced six Nobel Laureates, 10 U.S. National Medals of Technology, five U.S. National Medals of Science, six Turing Awards, 19 inductees in the National Academy of Sciences and 20 inductees into the U.S. National Inventors Hall of Fame. For more information about IBM Research, visit www.ibm.com/research.

About Air Force Research Laboratory
With headquarters at Rome, NY, the Information Directorate (RI) research vector develops novel and affordable Command, Control, Communications, Computing, Cyber, and Intelligence (C4I) technologies. RI is recognized as a national asset and leader in C4I. Refining data into information and knowledge for decision makers to command and control forces is what we do. This knowledge gives our air, space, and cyberspace forces the competitive advantage needed to protect and defend this great nation. For more information about AFRL, http://www.wpafb.af.mil/afrl/ri.aspx.

Contact
Caroline Yu Vespi
IBM External Relations
1 (925) 212-9184
cvespi@us.ibm.com

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U.S. Air Force Research Lab Taps IBM to Build Brain-Inspired AI Supercomputing System

Equal to 64 million neurons, new neurosynaptic supercomputing system will power complex AI tasks at unprecedented speed and energy efficiency

ARMONK, N.Y. and ROME, N.Y., June 23, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- IBM (NYSE: IBM) and the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) today announced they are collaborating on a first-of-a-kind brain-inspired supercomputing system powered by a 64-chip array of the IBM TrueNorth Neurosynaptic System. The scalable platform IBM is building for AFRL will feature an end-to-end software ecosystem designed to enable deep neural-network learning and information discovery. The system's advanced pattern recognition and sensory processing power will be the equivalent of 64 million neurons and 16 billion synapses, while the processor component will consume the energy equivalent of a dim light bulb – a mere 10 watts to power.  

IBM researchers believe the brain-inspired, neural network design of TrueNorth will be far more efficient for pattern recognition and integrated sensory processing than systems powered by conventional chips. AFRL is investigating applications of the system in embedded, mobile, autonomous settings where, today, size, weight and power (SWaP) are key limiting factors. 

The IBM TrueNorth Neurosynaptic System can efficiently convert data (such as images, video, audio and text) from multiple, distributed sensors into symbols in real time. AFRL will combine this "right-brain" perception capability of the system with the "left-brain" symbol processing capabilities of conventional computer systems. The large scale of the system will enable both "data parallelism" where multiple data sources can be run in parallel against the same neural network and "model parallelism" where independent neural networks form an ensemble that can be run in parallel on the same data.

"AFRL was the earliest adopter of TrueNorth for converting data into decisions," said Daniel S. Goddard, director, information directorate, U.S. Air Force Research Lab. "The new neurosynaptic system will be used to enable new computing capabilities important to AFRL's mission to explore, prototype and demonstrate high-impact, game-changing technologies that enable the Air Force and the nation to maintain its superior technical advantage."

"The evolution of the IBM TrueNorth Neurosynaptic System is a solid proof point in our quest to lead the industry in AI hardware innovation," said Dharmendra S. Modha, IBM Fellow, chief scientist, brain-inspired computing, IBM Research - Almaden. "Over the last six years, IBM has expanded the number of neurons per system from 256 to more than 64 million – an 800 percent annual increase over six years.''

The system fits in a 4U-high (7") space in a standard server rack and eight such systems will enable the unprecedented scale of 512 million neurons per rack. A single processor in the system consists of 5.4 billion transistors organized into 4,096 neural cores creating an array of 1 million digital neurons that communicate with one another via 256 million electrical synapses.  For CIFAR-100 dataset, TrueNorth achieves near state-of-the-art accuracy, while running at >1,500 frames/s and using 200 mW (effectively >7,000 frames/s per Watt) – orders of magnitude lower speed and energy than a conventional computer running inference on the same neural network.  

The IBM TrueNorth Neurosynaptic System was originally developed under the auspices of Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's (DARPA) Systems of Neuromorphic Adaptive Plastic Scalable Electronics (SyNAPSE) program in collaboration with Cornell University. In 2016, the TrueNorth Team received the inaugural Misha Mahowald Prize for Neuromorphic Engineering and TrueNorth was accepted into the Computer History Museum.  Research with TrueNorth is currently being performed by more than 40 universities, government labs, and industrial partners on five continents.

About IBM Research
For more than seven decades, IBM Research has defined the future of information technology with more than 3,000 researchers in 12 labs located across six continents. Scientists from IBM Research have produced six Nobel Laureates, 10 U.S. National Medals of Technology, five U.S. National Medals of Science, six Turing Awards, 19 inductees in the National Academy of Sciences and 20 inductees into the U.S. National Inventors Hall of Fame. For more information about IBM Research, visit www.ibm.com/research.

About Air Force Research Laboratory
With headquarters at Rome, NY, the Information Directorate (RI) research vector develops novel and affordable Command, Control, Communications, Computing, Cyber, and Intelligence (C4I) technologies. RI is recognized as a national asset and leader in C4I. Refining data into information and knowledge for decision makers to command and control forces is what we do. This knowledge gives our air, space, and cyberspace forces the competitive advantage needed to protect and defend this great nation. For more information about AFRL, http://www.wpafb.af.mil/afrl/ri.aspx.

Contact
Caroline Yu Vespi
IBM External Relations
1 (925) 212-9184
cvespi@us.ibm.com

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U.S. Air Force Research Lab Taps IBM to Build Brain-Inspired AI Supercomputing System

Equal to 64 million neurons, new neurosynaptic supercomputing system will power complex AI tasks at unprecedented speed and energy efficiency

ARMONK, N.Y. and ROME, N.Y., June 23, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- IBM (NYSE: IBM) and the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) today announced they are collaborating on a first-of-a-kind brain-inspired supercomputing system powered by a 64-chip array of the IBM TrueNorth Neurosynaptic System. The scalable platform IBM is building for AFRL will feature an end-to-end software ecosystem designed to enable deep neural-network learning and information discovery. The system's advanced pattern recognition and sensory processing power will be the equivalent of 64 million neurons and 16 billion synapses, while the processor component will consume the energy equivalent of a dim light bulb – a mere 10 watts to power.  

IBM researchers believe the brain-inspired, neural network design of TrueNorth will be far more efficient for pattern recognition and integrated sensory processing than systems powered by conventional chips. AFRL is investigating applications of the system in embedded, mobile, autonomous settings where, today, size, weight and power (SWaP) are key limiting factors. 

The IBM TrueNorth Neurosynaptic System can efficiently convert data (such as images, video, audio and text) from multiple, distributed sensors into symbols in real time. AFRL will combine this "right-brain" perception capability of the system with the "left-brain" symbol processing capabilities of conventional computer systems. The large scale of the system will enable both "data parallelism" where multiple data sources can be run in parallel against the same neural network and "model parallelism" where independent neural networks form an ensemble that can be run in parallel on the same data.

"AFRL was the earliest adopter of TrueNorth for converting data into decisions," said Daniel S. Goddard, director, information directorate, U.S. Air Force Research Lab. "The new neurosynaptic system will be used to enable new computing capabilities important to AFRL's mission to explore, prototype and demonstrate high-impact, game-changing technologies that enable the Air Force and the nation to maintain its superior technical advantage."

"The evolution of the IBM TrueNorth Neurosynaptic System is a solid proof point in our quest to lead the industry in AI hardware innovation," said Dharmendra S. Modha, IBM Fellow, chief scientist, brain-inspired computing, IBM Research - Almaden. "Over the last six years, IBM has expanded the number of neurons per system from 256 to more than 64 million – an 800 percent annual increase over six years.''

The system fits in a 4U-high (7") space in a standard server rack and eight such systems will enable the unprecedented scale of 512 million neurons per rack. A single processor in the system consists of 5.4 billion transistors organized into 4,096 neural cores creating an array of 1 million digital neurons that communicate with one another via 256 million electrical synapses.  For CIFAR-100 dataset, TrueNorth achieves near state-of-the-art accuracy, while running at >1,500 frames/s and using 200 mW (effectively >7,000 frames/s per Watt) – orders of magnitude lower speed and energy than a conventional computer running inference on the same neural network.  

The IBM TrueNorth Neurosynaptic System was originally developed under the auspices of Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's (DARPA) Systems of Neuromorphic Adaptive Plastic Scalable Electronics (SyNAPSE) program in collaboration with Cornell University. In 2016, the TrueNorth Team received the inaugural Misha Mahowald Prize for Neuromorphic Engineering and TrueNorth was accepted into the Computer History Museum.  Research with TrueNorth is currently being performed by more than 40 universities, government labs, and industrial partners on five continents.

About IBM Research
For more than seven decades, IBM Research has defined the future of information technology with more than 3,000 researchers in 12 labs located across six continents. Scientists from IBM Research have produced six Nobel Laureates, 10 U.S. National Medals of Technology, five U.S. National Medals of Science, six Turing Awards, 19 inductees in the National Academy of Sciences and 20 inductees into the U.S. National Inventors Hall of Fame. For more information about IBM Research, visit www.ibm.com/research.

About Air Force Research Laboratory
With headquarters at Rome, NY, the Information Directorate (RI) research vector develops novel and affordable Command, Control, Communications, Computing, Cyber, and Intelligence (C4I) technologies. RI is recognized as a national asset and leader in C4I. Refining data into information and knowledge for decision makers to command and control forces is what we do. This knowledge gives our air, space, and cyberspace forces the competitive advantage needed to protect and defend this great nation. For more information about AFRL, http://www.wpafb.af.mil/afrl/ri.aspx.

Contact
Caroline Yu Vespi
IBM External Relations
1 (925) 212-9184
cvespi@us.ibm.com

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U.S. Air Force Research Lab Taps IBM to Build Brain-Inspired AI Supercomputing System

Equal to 64 million neurons, new neurosynaptic supercomputing system will power complex AI tasks at unprecedented speed and energy efficiency

ARMONK, N.Y. and ROME, N.Y., June 23, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- IBM (NYSE: IBM) and the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) today announced they are collaborating on a first-of-a-kind brain-inspired supercomputing system powered by a 64-chip array of the IBM TrueNorth Neurosynaptic System. The scalable platform IBM is building for AFRL will feature an end-to-end software ecosystem designed to enable deep neural-network learning and information discovery. The system's advanced pattern recognition and sensory processing power will be the equivalent of 64 million neurons and 16 billion synapses, while the processor component will consume the energy equivalent of a dim light bulb – a mere 10 watts to power.  

IBM researchers believe the brain-inspired, neural network design of TrueNorth will be far more efficient for pattern recognition and integrated sensory processing than systems powered by conventional chips. AFRL is investigating applications of the system in embedded, mobile, autonomous settings where, today, size, weight and power (SWaP) are key limiting factors. 

The IBM TrueNorth Neurosynaptic System can efficiently convert data (such as images, video, audio and text) from multiple, distributed sensors into symbols in real time. AFRL will combine this "right-brain" perception capability of the system with the "left-brain" symbol processing capabilities of conventional computer systems. The large scale of the system will enable both "data parallelism" where multiple data sources can be run in parallel against the same neural network and "model parallelism" where independent neural networks form an ensemble that can be run in parallel on the same data.

"AFRL was the earliest adopter of TrueNorth for converting data into decisions," said Daniel S. Goddard, director, information directorate, U.S. Air Force Research Lab. "The new neurosynaptic system will be used to enable new computing capabilities important to AFRL's mission to explore, prototype and demonstrate high-impact, game-changing technologies that enable the Air Force and the nation to maintain its superior technical advantage."

"The evolution of the IBM TrueNorth Neurosynaptic System is a solid proof point in our quest to lead the industry in AI hardware innovation," said Dharmendra S. Modha, IBM Fellow, chief scientist, brain-inspired computing, IBM Research - Almaden. "Over the last six years, IBM has expanded the number of neurons per system from 256 to more than 64 million – an 800 percent annual increase over six years.''

The system fits in a 4U-high (7") space in a standard server rack and eight such systems will enable the unprecedented scale of 512 million neurons per rack. A single processor in the system consists of 5.4 billion transistors organized into 4,096 neural cores creating an array of 1 million digital neurons that communicate with one another via 256 million electrical synapses.  For CIFAR-100 dataset, TrueNorth achieves near state-of-the-art accuracy, while running at >1,500 frames/s and using 200 mW (effectively >7,000 frames/s per Watt) – orders of magnitude lower speed and energy than a conventional computer running inference on the same neural network.  

The IBM TrueNorth Neurosynaptic System was originally developed under the auspices of Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's (DARPA) Systems of Neuromorphic Adaptive Plastic Scalable Electronics (SyNAPSE) program in collaboration with Cornell University. In 2016, the TrueNorth Team received the inaugural Misha Mahowald Prize for Neuromorphic Engineering and TrueNorth was accepted into the Computer History Museum.  Research with TrueNorth is currently being performed by more than 40 universities, government labs, and industrial partners on five continents.

About IBM Research
For more than seven decades, IBM Research has defined the future of information technology with more than 3,000 researchers in 12 labs located across six continents. Scientists from IBM Research have produced six Nobel Laureates, 10 U.S. National Medals of Technology, five U.S. National Medals of Science, six Turing Awards, 19 inductees in the National Academy of Sciences and 20 inductees into the U.S. National Inventors Hall of Fame. For more information about IBM Research, visit www.ibm.com/research.

About Air Force Research Laboratory
With headquarters at Rome, NY, the Information Directorate (RI) research vector develops novel and affordable Command, Control, Communications, Computing, Cyber, and Intelligence (C4I) technologies. RI is recognized as a national asset and leader in C4I. Refining data into information and knowledge for decision makers to command and control forces is what we do. This knowledge gives our air, space, and cyberspace forces the competitive advantage needed to protect and defend this great nation. For more information about AFRL, http://www.wpafb.af.mil/afrl/ri.aspx.

Contact
Caroline Yu Vespi
IBM External Relations
1 (925) 212-9184
cvespi@us.ibm.com

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Horizon Community School: A New Public-Private Educational Partnership in the San Francisco Bay Area

MILL VALLEY, Calif., June 23, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- At a time when our nation's education policies are rife with contention, an innovative partnership has been forged between Community Action Marin, a public agency, and a Mill Valley private school, Marin Horizon School, to provide quality early childhood education in Marin City. The new program, Horizon Community School, is built on a strong symbiotic relationship: an independent school working alongside other non-profit agencies to serve a common purpose of making a positive impact on all children in Marin County.

The community of Marin City was born from the need to accommodate war-time shipyard workers and other immigrants to California during World War II. Marin City, a mere two miles from the affluent hamlet of Mill Valley, has a socioeconomic and ethnic makeup that stands in stark contrast with the mostly wealthy and Caucasian Marin County demographic. Community Action Marin (CAM) has operated quality child-care centers in Marin City for over 25 years and serves over 600 children and working families throughout the county; however, the demand for early childhood education options for these families in Marin City far exceeds the availability. Marin Horizon administration and long-time Marin City residents saw an opportunity and began facilitating the partnership.

Horizon Community School, a partnership among Marin Horizon School, CAM and other community programs will provide educational services to children who, for various reasons, have been unable to participate in existing Marin City early childhood educational experiences. As Mary Jane Burke, Marin County Superintendent of Schools describes, "What is unique about this proposal is the partnership of a proven service provider—CAM—with a prestigious private school's proven 38-year record of serving students."

The partnership honors the Marin Horizon School mission to foster and respect diversity within the local community and the world, to provide real-world experiences that promote collaboration and multicultural respect, and it aligns with the school's overall strategic plan to build relationships outside of its immediate community. The interaction among the campuses will benefit all students as diverse learning environments promote higher student achievement and benefit all racial groups.

Horizon Community School opens its doors in August, with 12 two-year-olds, prioritizing Marin City residents. In the coming years, the program will expand to three- and four-year-olds, with a total of 36 children, thus providing essential preparation for success wherever they matriculate for kindergarten and beyond. The Horizon Community School campus, located in Marin City, will be an adjunct to the Marin Horizon campus, and students and teachers will have the opportunity to commingle at each location for events and activities.

CONTACT:
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Marin Horizon School
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Park City Taps Proterra for Utah’s First Zero-Emission, Battery-Electric Mass Transit Fleet

To achieve its net-zero carbon footprint by 2022 goal, Park City Transit will deploy six Proterra buses throughout its world-renowned mountain community

PARK CITY, Utah, June 23, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Today Proterra, the leading innovator in heavy-duty electric transportation, announced that Park City Transit has deployed Utah's first zero-emission, battery-electric mass transit fleet, which will include six Proterra Catalyst FC+ buses. Selected to serve the region's renowned ski resort community, the Proterra fleet supports Park City's and Summit County's transition toward renewable energy and the reduction of its overall carbon footprint. With one of the nation's most ambitious climate targets, Park City is laying a path for a net-zero carbon footprint for its municipal operations by 2022 and a Summit County area-wide net-zero carbon footprint by 2032 by implementing Proterra's proven transit technology. 

"Park City and Summit County have set some of the most ambitious carbon reduction and renewable energy targets in the country. Not only will our new battery-electric Proterra buses help us achieve these targets, they will provide our thousands of annual riders with a sustainable, state-of-the-art transit experience," said Destry Pollard, Park City Transit operations team leader. "Protecting the environmental well-being of our mountain community is paramount, and Proterra will play an instrumental role in our ongoing conservation efforts."

With its deployment of Proterra vehicles, the Park City region will become the first mountain resort community in the United States to operate a highly efficient, battery-electric transit service. Nicknamed the "Electric Xpress," the free transit service will provide clean, quiet, and efficient transportation to residents and tourists throughout several neighborhoods, including Park City Resort, Canyons Village, Silver Springs, Silver Lake Village, Empire Pass and Park Meadows. To commemorate the deployment, Park City, Summit County, and Proterra will be hosting a launch event today at the Kimball Junction Transit Center (KJTC), where Proterra CEO Ryan Popple and members of both the Park City Council and the Summit County Council will gather to celebrate the community's commitment to sustainability and clean transportation.

"We are proud to be leaders in the implementation of Utah's first fully-electric mass transit fleet," said Park City Mayor Jack Thomas. "The Electric Xpress service supports our ambitious climate goals, and marks the first phase of the City and County's Transportation Demand Management Program, which will provide enhanced transit service and reduce traffic congestion throughout the greater Park City community."

"The introduction of the Electric Xpress transit service is a milestone in Summit County's commitment to environmentally responsible transportation," County Council Chairman Chris Robinson, said. "This initiative immediately improves transit services in the greater Park City area and will serve as a model as we work to expand public transit throughout Summit County."

The Park City region deployment not only marks the first battery-electric transit fleet for Utah and the nationwide mountain resort industry, it also represents the first implementation of Proterra's innovative battery-lease financing model. To address some of the cost barriers that have previously deterred transit agencies from transitioning to battery-electric vehicles, this new financing model enables agencies to purchase electric buses at approximately the same price or less than fossil fuel-based alternatives. Park City Transit received financing for the six Proterra buses through an extremely competitive Low-No Emissions Grant with the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Transit Administration (FTA).

"While Proterra buses are operating in innovative cities throughout the country, it's especially exciting to see our battery-electric transit technology improving the air quality and overall rider experience in an iconic mountain community like Park City," said Ryan Popple, CEO of Proterra. "We look forward to continuing our collaboration with Park City and Summit County in the coming months and encourage other resort communities to follow its lead by implementing battery-electric, zero-emission transit systems." 

About Park City Transit:
Park City Transit, a fare-free system serving Park City and areas of Summit County, is operated by the Park City Municipal Corporation, the government seat for Park City, Utah. A former silver mining town, Park City is now home to two world-class ski resorts and was the mountain host for the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympic Winter Games. The town of over 7,500 year-round residents also hosts many special events, including the Sundance Film Festival and the Kimball Arts Festival.
www.parkcity.org

About Proterra:
Proterra is a leader in the design and manufacture of zero-emission heavy-duty vehicles, enabling bus fleet operators to significantly reduce operating costs while delivering clean, quiet transportation to local communities across the United States. With more than 400 vehicles sold to 39 different municipal, university, and commercial transit agencies in 20 states, Proterra is committed to providing state of the art, high performance vehicles to meet today's growing market demand. The company's configurable Catalyst platform is capable of serving the full daily mileage needs of nearly every U.S. transit route on a single charge. With unmatched durability and energy efficiency based on rigorous U.S. certification testing, Proterra products are proudly designed, engineered and manufactured in America, with offices in Silicon Valley, South Carolina, and Los Angeles. For more information, visit: http://www.proterra.com and follow us on Twitter @Proterra_Inc.

 

SOURCE Proterra

Norsat Securityholders Approve Plan of Arrangement with Hytera Communications Co., Ltd.

VANCOUVER, June 23, 2017 /PRNewswire/ - Norsat International Inc. ("Norsat" or "the Company") (TSX: NII and NYSE MKT: NSAT), a provider of unique and customized communication solutions for remote and challenging applications, today announced that at the adjourned 2017 annual general and special meeting of securityholders of Norsat held on June 22, 2017 (the "Meeting"), securityholders of Norsat voted in favour of a special resolution to approve the plan of arrangement, pursuant to which Hytera Communications Co., Ltd. ("Hytera") will acquire all the issued and outstanding shares of Norsat for $11.50 in United States dollars ("USD") in cash per share by way of a court-approved plan of arrangement (the "Arrangement").

Approval of the Arrangement required approval by: (i) 66⅔% of the votes cast by securityholders present in person or represented by proxy at the Meeting, voting together as a single class; (ii) 66⅔% of the votes cast by shareholders present in person or represented by proxy at the Meeting, voting as a single class; and (iii) a simple majority of the votes cast by shareholders present in person or represented by proxy at the Meeting, excluding the votes cast by such shareholders that are required to be excluded pursuant to Multilateral Instrument 61-101 – Protection of Minority Security Holders in Special Transactions ("MI 61-101").

At the Meeting, approximately 64.87% of the outstanding Norsat shares and Norsat Options and RSUs were present in person or represented by proxy.

The voting results are summarized as follows:


Votes For

% Votes

For

Votes Against

% Votes
Against

Securityholders1

2,886,497

72.53

1,093,475

27.47

Shareholders

2,615,280

70.53

1,092,910

29.47

Shareholders, excluding the
votes of certain insiders

 

2,241,355

 

67.22

 

1,092,910

 

32.78

 

The voting results excluding the votes believed to have been cast by Privet Fund Management LLC and Privet Fund LP (together "Privet")2, which made a rival offer to acquire Norsat, are summarized as follows:


Votes For

% Votes

For

Votes Against

% Votes
Against

Securityholders1

2,886,497

97.75

66,305

2.25

Shareholders

2,615,280

97.55

65,740

2.45

Shareholders, excluding the
votes of certain insiders

 

2,241,355

 

97.15

65,740

 

2.85

 

Completion of the Arrangement remains conditional on approval by the Supreme Court of British Columbia (the "Court"), as well as obtaining regulatory approvals and certain other closing conditions. Norsat intends to apply for a final order of the Court approving the Arrangement on June 27, 2017. Assuming that the conditions to closing are satisfied and the necessary regulatory approvals are obtained, it is expected that the closing of the Arrangement will be completed in the third quarter of 2017.

Further information about the Arrangement is set forth in the information circular, supplemental information and proxy statement in respect of the securityholders meeting which have been filed with Canadian and United States securities regulators and are available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com and on EDGAR at www.sec.gov.

About Norsat International Inc.

Founded in 1977, Norsat International Inc. is a provider of unique and customized communication solutions for remote and challenging applications. Norsat's products and services include leading-edge product design and development, production, distribution and infield support and service of fly-away satellite terminals, microwave components, antennas, Radio Frequency (RF) conditioning products, maritime based satellite terminals and remote network connectivity solutions. More information is available at www.norsat.com, via email at investor@norsat.com or by phone at 1-604-821-2800.

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1 Securityholders mean the Norsat Shareholders, Option Holders and RSU Holders. 
2  1,027,170 is based on Privet's Early Warning Report filed on SEDAR on June 12, 2017.

SOURCE Norsat International Inc.

FEUER powertrain and Chinese Haowu-Group Agree Strategic Partnership and Joint Venture in China

NORDHAUSEN, Germany, June 23, 2017 /PRNewswire/ --

The transaction creates a globally leading manufacturer of crankshafts with a production footprint in Europe, Asia and the US. 

FEUER powertrain, a leading OEM-independent crankshaft manufacturer in Europe has entered into a comprehensive strategic partnership with Chinese Haowu-Group. Haowu is the parent company of Neijiang Jinhong Crankshaft, a leading crankshaft manufacturer in China and is also active in other areas of the automotive industry.

Under the newly formed partnership, FEUER powertrain and Haowu-Group will pursue the implementation of a Joint Venture in China, which shall bundle the business of both partners for high-end crankshafts in Asia and shall lay the foundation for further growth in the Asian market. Main focus of the cooperation in the Joint Venture shall be especially Western OEM's. Thereby, the contribution of FEUER powertrain will in particular be its strong technological know-how and excellent access to European and US premium OEM's, while the contribution of Haowu-Group will especially be its excellent access to the Chinese and other Asian markets and its experience in building and operating efficient production plants in China.

Furthermore, as part of the overall transaction, Haowu becomes a 50% shareholder of FEUER powertrain - which underpins the envisaged long-term perspective of the partnership and also ensures the full alignment of interest among the partners.

In addition, the parties have granted each other options, which allow to potentially buy or sell further ownership stakes in the future. It was agreed not to disclose all transaction details.

Leadership of FEUER powertrain will continue to be in the hands of CEO Bernd Gulden and continuity on the management level is being ensured. Moreover, in connection with the transaction, Bernd Gulden has also given a long-term commitment to remain a significant shareholder of FEUER powertrain.

Together with its new strong partner and against the background of the excellent global presence created by the team-up, FEUER powertrain expects an accelerated continuation of its growth across all locations, which will also be to the benefit of its employees.

Dieter Feuer, founder of FEUER powertrain comments: "I am delighted that with Haowu-Group we have found an excellent strategic partner, who will support the further growth of FEUER powertrain."

Mr. Guangtong Yan, General Manager and Vice Chairman of Haowu-Group, comments: "The excellent market position of FEUER powertrain in Europe and the US as well as the outstanding technological know-how in combination with the strength of Haowu-Group in Asia will create a truly global player in the crankshaft industry. We are looking forward to the cooperation with the FEUER powertrain team and are convinced that particularly the global clients of both partners will benefit from the possibility, to be supplied by one group in all parts of the world."

Bernd Gulden, CEO of FEUER powertrain adds: "Following our intensive dialogue throughout the transaction process that was always built on high professionalism and trust, I am now very much looking forward to the operating cooperation with the whole Haowu team. This step is a key for us, to properly unlock and address the growth market China".

In connection with the transaction, Argonas Corporate Finance Advisors acted as exclusive M&A advisor to FEUER powertrain and its shareholders. Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek, Frankfurt, acted as legal advisors on the transaction.

About FEUER powertrain 

FEUER powertrain Group is a leading, OEM independent manufacturer of casted and forged crankshafts for passenger car, industry motor, ATV and agricultural machinery applications. FEUER powertrain was established in 2002 in Nordhausen, Thuringia (Germany) and today operates production plants in Germany and the US as well as an assembly plant in China, with a combined annual capacity of up to 2.5m crankshafts.

About Haowu-Group 

Haowu-Group, with Tianjin Haowu Electromechanical Automobile Trading Co., Ltd ("Tianjin Haowu") as the group's parent, was established in 2000, initially as large-scale comprehensive automobile dealer, with businesses today covering automotive components manufacture, domestic passenger cars management, imported vehicles sales, used cars services, end-of-life vehicle dismantling, international trade and warehouse logistics, financial leasing and commercial property related to auto industry development. Tianjin Haowu generates annual revenues of about 14bn RMB (about EUR 2bn) and employs more than 4,500 people across more than 120 group companies.

Furthermore, since 2011 Tianjin Haowu is the controlling shareholder of Sichuan Haowu Electromechanical Co., Ltd ("Sichuan Haowu"), which is an A-listed company whose main business is the production and sale of crankshafts via its operating subsidiary Neijiang Jinhong Crankshafts. Sichuan Haowu will be the Joint Venture partner in the planned Joint Venture with FEUER powertrain.

Haowu-Group is part of the Tewoo Group, a Fortune 500 company and one of China's largest material handling and commodities trading Groups. Tewoo Group is a state-owned enterprise generating annual revenues of about 500bn RMB (about EUR 70bn) and employing about 19,000 people across more than 200 group companies.

About Argonas Corporate Finance 

Argonas Corporate Finance Advisors, headquartered in Berlin (Germany), is a specialized, independent advisory firm that supports particularly mid-market companies and their shareholders as well as private equity firms and family offices on transactions and projects relating to M&A and financing. The team combines complementary experience in the areas financing, M&A and private equity which has been built up over many years with various roles at leading banks, advisory firms and investment firms.

About Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek 

About 350 specialized lawyers, tax advisors, and civil law notaries at Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek provide legal advice across ten offices. According to the latest JUVE revenue ranking October 2016, Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek is one of the top ten law firms in Germany. National and international clients include medium-sized and large companies from manufacturing, trade, and the service industries as well as associations, public corporations, and discerning private clients.

Contact:
Sebastian Bauch, s.bauch@argonas.de , +49-30-9227-1339