Continuously improving artificial intelligence requires more and more processing power and constantly increases the footprint. To reduce resources while increasing performance, in the United States, the (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) put on the . The university’s laboratories claim to have developed analogue that would be a million times faster than those of our human, for less consumption.
How ? Thanks to so-called analog processors. Analog processors work with, which represent the equivalent of transistors for digital processors. To save time, while consuming less the data is directly in memory and not transferred to a . In addition, all the calculations are done in parallel.
A resistant and highly conductive material
In the case of the MIT experiments, these were programmable proton resistors. theused for the resistor is inorganic phosphosilicate glass (PSG). This is the equivalent of what is found in the small desiccant (desiccant) sachets found in the packaging of certain products.
It is associated withto which allows it to ensure the conduction of . With this material, the calculation time was of the order of a nanosecond. PSG is capable of withstanding enormous tensions without breaking, this allows the to move quickly while consuming little energy. In the end, for the lab, with this process it is not a question of going from a cart to a , but directly to a spacecraft. This experimentation should allow analog processors dedicated to deep learning to take a giant step.