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    SambaNova wants to move away from Von Neumann machines

    It has raised $450m to kick start a multi-decade shift in computing.
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    Re: SambaNova wants to move away from Von Neumann machines

    the processor re-arranges its circuits, perhaps every clock cycle,....sounds like a programming nightmare

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    Re: SambaNova wants to move away from Von Neumann machines

    Quantum entanglement on a transistor basis. :-)

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    Re: SambaNova wants to move away from Von Neumann machines

    Imagine if Intel were in charge if this....
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    Re: SambaNova wants to move away from Von Neumann machines

    Very odd, I thought AI acceleration was pretty much a done deal. So many people have already released product.

    Being able to reconfigure at a gate level screams to me that this won't clock very high, in the same way that you can design a conventional processor and put it on a reconfigurable FPGA and probably get it to clock at 100MHz. Re-configuring a sea of gates takes time, energy and a lot of configuration data. The only way this makes sense to me is if they are re-configuring to embed the weights of a neural net into the silicon, and the configuration is part of a learning process. That would make for a screaming fast AI processor, but only for nets that are small enough to fit. Perhaps 3D stacking means they hope in the future to build arbitrarily large chips.

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    Re: SambaNova wants to move away from Von Neumann machines

    Ummmm, call me sceptical but do they actually have any silicon?
    Sounds like they're just saying this is whats going to happen in the next 20/30 years (which is a given with tech where it is now) and then managed to get $250m investment based on the guys past job history?

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    Re: SambaNova wants to move away from Von Neumann machines

    Every stone needs turning, so that over the next 3 decades we actually move forward as fast as we already have.

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