Towards Intelligent Hardware

Joint Meeting with the Distributed and Scalable Computing SG

Thursday 14 May 2015, 6.00pm - 8.00pm

The Davidson Building, 5 Southampton Street, London WC2E 7HA. The nearest underground stations are Covent Garden and Charing Cross.

Free, but pre-booking is required.

Simon Knowles, XMOS


For the first 70 years of computing we have built machines which simply do as we instruct. Now a new era dawns, in which computers will solve problems for which no program has been written, and will use their accumulated experience to exercise judgement where there is uncertainty. We associate these qualities with human intelligence; they are essential if machines are to see, move, communicate, and adapt as humans do. Algorithms supporting machine intelligence have advanced rapidly in recent years, but its efficient delivery also requires that we rethink computer design quite fundamentally. This challenging opportunity arises just as silicon scaling appears to be faltering, which heightens the emphasis on efficient and enduring designs. So what shall we build?


Simon Knowles is a silicon engineer, processor architect, and entrepreneur. He has founded two of Europe's most successful semiconductor companies, and has led the design of custom processors for diverse applications including video coding, wireless and wireline signal processing, and scientific supercomputing. At XMOS Simon has assembled a new team to develop a new type of processor, designed to excel at the probabilistic algorithms and models which underpin machine intelligence.


Attendance lists will normally be finalised on the Monday preceding each meeting but late admission may be accepted by signing in to the Davidson Building as a visitor.


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