Friday, 17 January 2014

Japanese supercomputer simulates the human brain

Japanese supercomputer has managed to make a simulation of the human brain.

The researchers used a "K" computer in Japan, currently the fourth most powerful computer in the world, in order to simulate the activity of the human brain.

The computer has 705,024 processing cores and 1.4 million GB of RAM, but he still needed 40 minutes to calculate the data needed for one second of brain activity. 

The project, a joint venture of Japanese research group "RIKEN", Institute of Science and Technology, Okinawa and Research Center in Germany, the largest simulation of networks of neurons. Researchers have used some technology to replicate the network consisting of the 1.73 billion nerve cells, associated with 10.4 trillion synapses.

Although the simulation is extremely important, it represents only one percent of the network of neurons in the human brain.

Researchers hope that with the help of this simulation collect valuable knowledge that should help in the design of new software for the simulation.

In addition, this achievement gives scientists a glimpse of what could be achieved using the next generation of computers that can handle a significantly larger number of calculations per second, and it should be a big step forward, since it is considered that they have the same opportunities as human brain, and provide a real-time simulation.

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