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An $18m supercomputer to simulate brains of mice in the land of Swiss cheese. How apt, HPE

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Freddie Gagne
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HPE has sold an SGI 8600 supercomputer system to a Swiss research institute for the Blue Brain Project’s modeling of a mouse brain’s thalamus and neocortex.

It involves around 100 people: from neuroscientists and computer engineers to physicists, mathematicians, and chemists.

The main goal, a massive one, is to understand how brains work, and thus help with the diagnosis and treatment of brain diseases.

The supercomputer will be focused on simulating the thalamus of a mouse: this biological blob is found above the brain stem and between the mid-brain and cerebral cortex.

Its function is to relay motor and sensory signals to the cerebral cortex.

This Blue Brain 5 system will be installed at the Swiss National Supercomputing Centre (CSCS) in Lugano and is for simulation neuroscience.

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