Micron Announces Development of New Parallel Processing Architecture

Micron Announces Development of New Parallel Processing Architecture

Automata Processor Addresses Application Domains at the Frontier of
High-Performance Computing

DENVER, Nov. 18, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Supercomputing 2013 – Micron
Technology, Inc. (Nasdaq:MU), one of the world's leading providers of advanced
semiconductor solutions, today announced the development of a fundamentally
new computing architecture capable of performing high-speed, comprehensive
search and analysis of complex, unstructured data streams. Micron's Automata
Processor (AP) is an accelerator that leverages the intrinsic parallelism of
memory and aims to dramatically advance computing capabilities in areas such
as bioinformatics, video/image analytics, and network security which pose
challenges for conventional processor architectures because of the amount of
complex, unstructured data.

Automata processing exploits the natural parallelism found in Micron's
semiconductor devices to deliver a level of parallelism previously
unattainable with legacy architectures. Unlike conventional CPUs, the AP is a
computing fabric comprised of tens of thousands to millions of processing
elements interconnected to create a task-specific processing engine capable of
solving problems with unprecedented performance. "Micron has an intense focus
on the development of innovative and advanced silicon solutions that help our
customers solve their most challenging computing problems," said Brian
Shirley, vice president of Micron's DRAM Solutions Group. "This announcement
is a huge step forward for Micron and has the potential to unleash
unprecedented levels of computing power."

"The Automata Processor is a breakthrough technology that is designed to use
advanced memory-based processing to solve complex computing challenges that
existing solutions are not able to tackle effectively," said Chirag Dekate,
IDC Research Manager, HPC. "This technology has the potential to solve some of
the world's most complicated data-intensive challenges, including real-time
security that could dramatically affect anti-terrorism efforts, or the highly
efficient analysis of complex plant genomes that could allow scientists to
rapidly advance their research agendas beyond what is possible today."

Micron is working closely with ecosystem partners and research institutions to
grow awareness and engagement for this new technology. Srinivas Aluru,
professor of computational science and engineering at Georgia Institute of
Technology and a leader in the field of high-performance, computational
biology, has been deeply involved in early research efforts using the AP to
solve problems associated with applications in bioinformatics. "Micron's
Automata Processor offers a refreshingly new way of solving problems that is
very different from all other accelerator technologies," said Aluru. "By
deploying this in interesting ways, we have been able to solve a much larger
instance of the NP-hard biological motif-finding problem than was previously
reported, using the resources within a single Automata Processor board."

Michela Becchi, an assistant professor in the Department of Electrical and
Computer Engineering with joint appointments in Computer Science and the
Informatics Institute of the University of Missouri, has focused her efforts
on using the AP to address the challenges involved with implementing
high-speed regular expression matching engines. "Micron's Automata Processor
combines the advantages of NFA-based designs and memory-based solutions to
achieve regular expression matching," said Becchi. "Specifically, it
efficiently supports large sets of complex regular expressions, while
providing worst-case processing guarantees and support for multiple input
streams. In addition, it comes with a user-friendly programming tool-chain
that can be easily integrated with existing tools for regular expression
processing." Additionally, Micron and the University of Virginia today
announced an agreement to establish the Center for Automata Computing at the
University of Virginia.


Graphic design and simulation tools, along with a software development kit
(SDK), to enable developers to design, compile, test, and deploy their own
applications using the AP will be available in 2014.

Note to Editors

To learn more about the AP, visit the Micron booth #1322 at Supercomputing
2013 or stop by Booth #3547 during the Emerging Technologies session
throughout the week-long event.Additional materials on the AP are located at

About Micron

Micron Technology, Inc., is a global leader in advanced semiconductor systems.
Micron's broad portfolio of high-performance memory technologies—including
DRAM, NAND and NOR Flash—is the basis for solid state drives, modules,
multichip packages and other system solutions. Backed by more than 35 years of
technology leadership, Micron's memory solutions enable the world's most
innovative computing, consumer, enterprise storage, networking, mobile,
embedded and automotive applications. Micron's common stock is traded on the
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