Designed and manufactured in the European Union & Switzerland from EurAsian components.
FTL Systems' Veracitytm ULTRA HIGH PERFORMANCE,
HIGHLY SECURE, POWER-EFFICIENT PROCESSORS
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:
immersive, real-time entertainment production, streaming and experiences
autonomous, cognitive robotics (largely motivated by internal use)
engineering (largely motivated by internal use)
business operations (largely motivated by internal use)
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
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!