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Computing beyond a million processors - bio-inspired massively parallel architectures

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  • Full or part time
    Prof S Furber
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  • Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

Project Description

The SpiNNaker project aims to deliver a computing system that incorporates a million embedded ARM processors with the objective of supporting simulations of very large-scale systems of spiking neurons in real time. The project offers opportunities for PhD projects across a wide range of subject areas from networks-on-chip through real-time execution management all the way up to building neural models of specific regions of the brain.

There are challenges in this project from understanding brain function at the highest level, through automatic mapping of neural models onto a highly distributed computation platform down to architecture optimisation and run-time fault and energy management.

Funding Notes

Candidates who have been offered a place for PhD study in the School of Computer Science may be considered for funding by the School. Each year around 20 new PhD students are awarded funding via the School. Further details on School funding can be found at: http://www.cs.manchester.ac.uk/study/postgraduate-research/programmes/phd/funding/school-studentships/.

In addition, exceptional students may be considered for the President's Doctoral Scholar Award and the Dean's Award. Further details on these opportunities can be found at: http://www.eps.manchester.ac.uk/our-research/funding/.

References

Supervisors webpage: http://apt.cs.manchester.ac.uk/people/sfurber/
SpiNNaker website: http://apt.cs.manchester.ac.uk//projects/SpiNNaker/

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