Monday, August 12, 2013

The Amazing Brain...

Simulating 1 second of real brain activity takes 40 minutes and 83K processors


A team of Japanese and German researchers have carried out the largest-ever simulation of neural activity in the human brain, and the numbers are both amazing and humbling.
The hardware necessary to simulate the activity of 1.73 billion nerve cells connected by 10.4 trillion synapses (just 1 percent of a brain’s total neural network) for 1 biological second: 82,944 processors on the K supercomputer and 1 petabyte of memory (24  bytes per synapse). That 1 second of biological time took 40 minutes, on one of the world’s most-powerful systems, to compute.
If computing time scales linearly with the size of the network (a big if; I have no idea if this would be the case), it would take nearly two and half days to simulate 1 second of activity for an entire brain.


Word on the street is the study also found that brain activity for liberals only took
about 25% of the time and the system had to be rebooted twice.

Artist's Rendition of a Liberal:


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