KNUPATH™ Processors in Production and in Use at Customer Sites; Parent Company KnuEdge™ Launches Today, Founded by World-renowned Innovator and Former NASA Chief Dan Goldin
San Diego, CA – June 6th, 2016 – KnuEdge™ Inc., a neural technology innovation company that launched today, introduced its KNUPATH™ LambdaFabric™ processor technology enabling ground-breaking scalability, latency and workload performance in next-generation data centers. With a fundamentally different architecture than legacy products, KNUPATH can operate alone or be integrated with other devices, and it is available now to both end customers and technology vendors seeking to create data center neural computing capabilities to support advancements in machine learning, IoT and signal processing.
“Most of today’s CPUs, GPUs and FPGAs are built on old Von Neumann architectures, which force system designers to either create workarounds with last-generation chip sets or reduce their requirements for advanced-compute projects,” said Dan Goldin, Founder and CEO of KnuEdge. “After ten years of stealth development and rigorous testing, LambdaFabric enters the market as mature technology which enables system designers to meet the most demanding requirements now, and also helps them rethink what is possible with neural computing in the future.”
When compared to the world’s number-one supercomputer or the industry’s fastest interconnects, Infiniband, KNUPATH LambdaFabric offers orders of magnitude higher performance on many critical parameters. It is inherently designed to scale up to 512,000 devices and beyond, and offers rack-to-rack latency of only 400 nanoseconds. KNUPATH processors are low-wattage, 256-core chips with 16 bi-directional I/O paths delivering 320 Gbs–per processor. In a watt-to-watt comparison with today’s processing technology, the first generation of LambdaFabric processors is demonstrating a performance advantage of 2x to 6x in targeted environments.
Based on Neurobiology
KNUPATH is entirely new technology based on neurobiological principles, and it will reset the standard for signal processing and machine learning in data centers and consumer devices. As evidenced by recent announcements such as Google’s Tensor Processing Unit, targeted processor acceleration for machine learning and other workloads is of growing interest because it can solve for machine learning compute challenges where last-generation processors fall short. KNUPATH was created when KnuEdge encountered a mission-critical roadblock while creating its neural voice recognition and authentication technology. The KnuEdge team realized it could not achieve the performance it needed with traditional CPUs and GPUs, and created a new team to build an application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC). As LambdaFabric was developed, it became clear that this technology would be broadly applicable–and would soon be needed in most data centers around the world.
“As organizations develop more machine learning, IoT, signal processing and other compute-intensive applications, the software will only be as good as the hardware we put it on,” said Patrick Patla, SVP and GM of KNUPATH. “LambdaFabric removes many of the common hardware barriers system designers have faced in the past several years, such as super-scalability and inter-platform latency. The market is just beginning to understand what is possible with this technology, and we’re looking forward to working with a broader group of the world’s system design teams to discover new opportunities in data centers and with edge devices.”
KNUPATH will deliver production platforms and systems in the second half of 2016. For demos of KNUPATH or for a more in-depth LambdaFabric processor overview, visit www.knupath.com.
Related News: World-renowned Aerospace and Tech Visionary Launches KnuEdge Today
Before today’s official launch of KnuEdge, only a couple hundred people had heard about the company. By design, its small, geographically dispersed teams spent a decade in stealth mode developing two products to maturity: KNUPATH, and KnuVerse, a next-generation voice recognition and authentication platform, which was also announced today.
The company has more than $100 million in private investment and is founded by Dan Goldin, the world-renowned innovator who spent the past five decades inventing and delivering aerospace and technology products years ahead of the curve. He also led the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) throughout its renaissance in the 1990s. Goldin’s tenure at NASA reads like a Harvard Business Review case study in successful execution. For instance, as NASA chief, he guided the redesign and delivered the International Space Station, initiated bold robotic exploration of Mars and formed the Astrobiology Institute to better understand the origin, evolution and destiny of life in the universe. In addition, he put a record number of people into space without incident, all while reducing the agency’s planned budget by 33%.
“At KnuEdge, we are not in business to create incremental technology improvements on what already exists. Our mission is fundamental transformation,” said Goldin. “We were swinging for the fences from the very beginning, with intent to create technologies that will in essence alter how humans interact with machines, and enable next-generation computing capabilities ranging from machine learning to artificial intelligence.”
About KnuEdge Inc. and its KnuVerse and KNUPATH Divisions
KnuEdge™ Inc. is a neural technology innovation company that is transforming human-machine interaction. It is founded by Dan Goldin, the celebrated inventor and former NASA chief who spent the past five decades delivering aerospace and technology products way ahead of the curve. The company has separate divisions for voice biometrics and data center neural computing–both of which are delivering industry-changing products in fast-growing, multibillion-dollar markets. KnuVerse™ uniquely leverages the human voice in its military-grade recognition and authentication technology. It is now possible to authenticate to computers, mobile/web apps and IoT devices with only a few words spoken into a microphone, in any language, no matter how many other people are talking nearby. KNUPATH™ is new neural computing processing technology, and it will reset the standard for chip/system-level compute performance in data centers and IoT devices. KnuEdge was founded in 2005 and has attracted more than $100 million in private investment to date. For more information, visit www.knuedge.com or @knuedge.
Bhava Communications for KnuEdge Inc.