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Mouse brain simulated on computer

Discussion in 'General Discussions and Lounge' started by gkd_uk, Apr 28, 2007.

  1. gkd_uk

    gkd_uk Guest

    US researchers have simulated half a virtual mouse brain on a supercomputer.
    The scientists ran a "cortical simulator" that was as big and as complex as half of a mouse brain on the BlueGene L supercomputer.

    In other smaller simulations the researchers say they have seen characteristics of thought patterns observed in real mouse brains.

    Now the team is tuning the simulation to make it run faster and to make it more like a real mouse brain.

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    Brain tissue presents a huge problem for simulation because of its complexity and the sheer number of potential interactions between the elements involved.

    The three researchers, James Frye, Rajagopal Ananthanarayanan, and Dharmendra S Modha, laid out how they went about it in a very short research note entitled "Towards Real-Time, Mouse-Scale Cortical Simulations".

    Half a real mouse brain is thought to have about eight million neurons each one of which can have up to 8,000 synapses, or connections, with other nerve fibres.

    Modelling such a system, the trio wrote, puts "tremendous constraints on computation, communication and memory capacity of any computing platform".

    The team, from the IBM Almaden Research Lab and the University of Nevada, ran the simulation on a BlueGene L supercomputer that had 4,096 processors, each one of which used 256MB of memory.

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  2. temi

    temi Facilitator Webmaster

    This is facinating, I am suprised its a new development though, I thought research in this area has advanced beyond this
  3. mariuskl

    mariuskl New Member Webmaster

    I think that for a person who want to control his computer with his brain will be a little bit difficult, but altrought this technology it's really amazing. I wouldn't be surpised if in 2050 we can control our house with our brain.
  4. gkd_uk

    gkd_uk Guest

    I guess your right. The future is full of surprises :)

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