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Human Brain Project – Supercomputer Simulates the Human Brain

By on January 29, 2013

Today, two major research projects have been selected for funding with funds from the Framework Program of the European Commission. One billion euros will help research related to graphene and another billion euros will try to approach the complex system of the human brain by developing a great simulator. It is implemented by using a supercomputer, a project called Human Brain Project.

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Human Brain Project is a project that aims to develop a simulator of the human brain that is as real as possible to reality. The scientists will be able to emulate all functions, study their behavior, or even study under this model the development of brain diseases and improving the diagnosis of the same or, even, simulate the application of treatments.

The idea, in part, is similar to other projects such as the University of Manchester announced some time ago, projects that seek to establish a computational model of the human brain, or at least some of its functions. Indeed, the scope of the project is what makes the big difference. Since it is designed to model the entire brain relying on the power of a supercomputer, also the billions of euros of funding, with the collaboration of 87 institutions, companies and research centers.

The project will be led by the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne and other will participate, among others, the Barcelona Supercomputing Center, the Allen Institute for Brain Science, SAP, IBM, the Pasteur Institute in France, the U.S. Cornell University, Berlin’s Free University, Harvard University, Yale University, the University of Oxford and King’s College London among others.

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Given the scope and magnitude of the partners who collaborate on their development, it is easy to get used to the idea that the project will not be something simple nor immediate. Human Brain Project has an estimate of about 10 years and within this time, the work will revolve around 5 axis or sub-projects that will be responsible for the development of mathematical models and simulation, software development, development of the supercomputer architecture and also be devoted to online resources related to ethics and society.

One very interesting project that in the coming years, could give enough to talk and perhaps uncover some of the mysteries that still holds our brain.

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