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The Advanced Processors Technologies Research Group


SpiNNaker Overview

The Advanced Processor Technologies (APT) group researches advanced and novel approaches to processing and computation. The group is based in the School of Computer Science at the University of Manchester where research into computer technology began more than 50 years ago with the construction of the world's first stored-program computer. Today the emphasis of the research is on identifying novel ways to exploit the formidable complexity of the billion transistor microchips that semiconductor technology will make commonplace over the next decade.

The APT group welcomes approaches from potential postgraduate students who are interested in studying for an MPhil or PhD with the group and we are keen to identify companies and other academic groups who are interested in collaborating with us in our research programmes. Current and recent APT projects include:

New Initiatives


SpiNNaker
A universal Spiking Neural Network architecture.

Transactional memory
An Efficient Page and Object-based Transactional Memory System

iTLS
iTLS: Combining Machine Learning and Runtime Managed Environments

TERAFLUX
Exploiting Dataflow Parallelism in Teradevice Computing

Research History

Jamaica
Hardware and Software for chip multiprocessors.

Amulet
Asynchronous ARM compatible processors.

SPA
A Synthesised Amulet Core

Networks-on-Chip
Self-timed interconnect for billion transistor Systems-on-Chip.

Asynchronous DSP
Asynchronous digital and special purpose signal processing.

Design Tools


Balsa version 4.0 June 2010 - New release of the Balsa asynchronous design and synthesis tool. Note: This is the last release of Balsa. There will be no further development and future support will be limited.

Teak version 0.1 May 2010 - First release

AsipIDE May 2010 - Beta release of Galaxy GALS System Level Design Tools