Patent Number: 8,443,169

Title: Interconnection network connecting operation-configurable nodes according to one or more levels of adjacency in multiple dimensions of communication in a multi-processor and a neural processor

Abstract: A Wings array system for communicating between nodes using store and load instructions is described. Couplings between nodes are made according to a 1 to N adjacency of connections in each dimension of a G.times.H matrix of nodes, where G.gtoreq.N and H.gtoreq.N and N is a positive odd integer. Also, a 3D Wings neural network processor is described as a 3D G.times.H.times.K network of neurons, each neuron with an N.times.N.times.N array of synaptic weight values stored in coupled memory nodes, where G.gtoreq.N, H.gtoreq.N, K.gtoreq.N, and N is determined from a 1 to N adjacency of connections used in the G.times.H.times.K network. Further, a hexagonal processor array is organized according to an INFORM coordinate system having axes at 60 degree spacing. Nodes communicate on row paths parallel to an FM dimension of communication, column paths parallel to an IO dimension of communication, and diagonal paths parallel to an NR dimension of communication.

Inventors: Pechanek; Gerald George (Cary, NC)


International Classification: G06F 15/16 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 2021-05-14 0:00:00