Sandia Neuroscience

Neural Exploration and Research Laboratory (NERL)

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Sandia’s Neural Exploration & Research Laboratory enables researchers to explore the boundaries of neural computation. The research conducted in the lab evaluates what is possible with neural hardware and software for national security benefit and the advancement of basic research.

Current areas of NERL research include:

  • Machine Learning and Deep Learning
  • Neural Computing and Applications to High Performance Computing (HPC)
  • Computational and Mathematical Neuroscience
  • Reinforcement Learning
  • Remote Sensing
  • Hyperspectral Imaging

NERL consists of a variety of neuromorphic hardware & neural algorithms providing a testbed facility for comparative benchmarking and new architecture exploration. The lab’s hardware resources include:

 

SpiNNaker 48 Node Board

SpiNNaker Board

SNL STPU (on Nallatech FPGA)

STPU

IBM TrueNorth (remote access)

TrueNorth

IBM TrueNorth NS16e (remote access)

TrueNorth16

Intel / Movidius Neural Compute Stick

Movidius

Cognimem CM1K

Cognimem

Xilinx ZYNQ-7000 ZC706 FPGA

Xilinx Zynq

Xilinx PYNQ FPGA

Xilinx Pynq

iniLabs DAVIS240C DVS

DVS Camera

NVidia Jetson TX1

NVidia Jetson

High-end GPU workstations

GPUs