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FTL Systems Corporation (Ontario, Canada) built this Quark 500 processor in 2008. It was the first TeraFLOP class, single core processor in the world. Today FTL Systems continues the tradition from Europe with world's first general-purpose cores reaching into Peta floating point operations per second (FLOPS) and Peta inferences per second (IPS) in a single, integrated core. This enables commercially practical ExaScale FLOPS & IPS deployed along with applications on general purpose computer systems. We have come a long way in ten years. Only from FTL Systems... Veracity cognitive systems

The Veracity tm architecture evolved over more than ten years of software application analysis and customer collaboration, focusing on applications that are difficult to parallelize well. Results were paired with over a dozen unique architectural, implementation and realization technologies, most unique to FTL Systems. The result is an ongoing set of volume processor realizations delivering revolutionary performance levels from traditional as well as new programming languages. Veracity is the result!

Part of Veracity's magic is found in FTL Systems' Aurigatm compiler. Auriga is likely worlds first highly parallel, parallelizing production compiler. It works on industrially significant programming languages such as C/C++ and Sun's JAVA-compatible source code as well as functional and other mainstream programming lanuages. By parallelizing the compiler, more complex dependency analysis can be done in less time. Equally importantly, Auriga gave us our first experience parallelizing large scale applications with very complex data usage patterns.

The best processor and compiler in the world is of limited value without computer systems and industry applications which allow customers to immediately exploit the new system capability. Experience with the Auriga compiler development taught us to create other industry applications for domains such as: Depending on third parties for a new processor and computer systems' applications is risky. This traditional approach facilitates use of a known user interface. However almost always this results in reuse of all application code, resulting in a new computer system that is far from effectively exploited. Alternatively one can follow the approach taken by IBM's AS/400, jointly developing the new system and its initial applications together. Following this approach IBM achieved the world's more profitable mid-range computer system with a radical new, 65 bit architecture. FTL Systems pursues this latter approach to success.

Users often first consider speed as their figure of merit. However an incorrect result that is fast can be worse than nothing. For a cognitive, autonomous robot or an energy grid, an incorrect result can literally be lethal. For a banking or ecommerce system, incorrect or compromised results can be expensive. With a highly parallel system there are many potential partial orderings of intermediate results. Some of these partial orderings speed the computation, others can produce an incorrect result. Exhaustive test of such a system is generally impossible. New approaches were essential for Veracity.

While many of the early flying machines tried to copy the flapping of bird's wings to achieve artificial flight, today's aircraft industry accepts that flight is best achieved by techniques that better utilize techniques best suited to the materials employed. Replicating a brain and neurons is analogous to an aircraft flapping its wings. Veracity takes an approach analogous to today's A320 and A380 where wings are flexible but minimally flap.

Most applications need to interact with the real world through network interfaces. Multi-user computer systems generally make maximum use of a computer's resources by leveling load among many different users. However both trends stress provisions for securing data and computational capability. Security has become the dominant concern in many applications. Knowing this, Veracity was designed to provide high security despite intense and tightly coupled data sharing. This level of security cannot be achieved by retrofitting a thirty to forty year old architecture and operating system. Veracity was designed to be a trustworthy system.

For more powerful computers the lifecycle cost of energy exceeds the systems' acquisition cost. Furthermore, power consumption often limits the computational capacity which can be supported on a particular geographic site. FTL Systems addressed these challenges for Veracity with both unique power-efficiency techniques in the processor / system design and a unique continuous solar energy system to accompany Veracity. Together the Veracity system results in high-end commercial computers which achieve not only revolutionary performance but also cost-efficiency. Cost-efficiency matters!

Industrial applications require a range of processor implementations in size and choronological time. Embedded computers for autonomous, cognitive robotics and desktop machines require modest performance. Maximum performance cores require totally different implementation and realization techniques. However common software requires that all of the processors run common software. Ten years ago we needed processors that were quick to realize so we could learn and change the architecture. As Veracity approaches commercial offer-for-sale we needed robust, cost-effective volume implementations.

As IBM's 360 development illustrated, designing a full range of processors and systems used to require thousands of people. It is all but impossible to design and manufacture a radical new system with more than 100 to 200 people. The answer was in the tools that we use to dramatically reducing human effort. Correct-by-design, formal methods, cognitive robotics and comparable techniques were required. Such tools largely did not exist before the Veracity program. FTL Systems needed to innovate them.

Today's Veracity processors are solely designed and built in Europe for use in FTL Systems' end-user, system level products. Processors and intellectual property are not licensed to third parties or resold. This approach delivers a significant market edge to FTL Systems. The end-user application products create a strong market for a radically new architecture. Ultimately we determined that Europe is the only market that provides the corporate security and innovative culture required for Veracity. We are working to get a fully integrated device fab and manufacturing plant online in northwest Europe.

FTL Systems' Veracity defines a new era of cognitive systems!