2006-01-20

Blue Brain Project

IBM and The Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) are working together on an initiative called the Blue Brain Project, creating a supercomputer simulation of the neocortex.

"Modeling the brain at the cellular level is a massive undertaking because of the hundreds of thousands of parameters that need to be taken into account,” said Henry Markram, the EPFL professor heading up the project. “IBM has unparalleled experience in biological simulations and the most advanced supercomputing technology in the world. With our combined resources and expertise we are embarking on one of the most ambitious research initiatives ever undertaken in the field of neuroscience.”

They began last June, and have made progress resulting in the release of some spectacular images since that time.

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