Tag: Human Brain Project

Think Fast – Is Neuromorphic Computing Set to Leap Forward?

Aug 15, 2016 |

Steadily advancing neuromorphic computing technology has created high expectations for this fundamentally different approach to computing. Its strengths – like the human brain it attempts to mimic – are pattern recognition (space and time) and inference reasoning. Advocates say it will also be possible to compute at much lower power than current paradigms. At ISC Read more…

Beyond von Neumann, Neuromorphic Computing Steadily Advances

Mar 21, 2016 |

Neuromorphic computing – brain inspired computing – has long been a tantalizing goal. The human brain does with around 20 watts what supercomputers do with megawatts. And power consumption isn’t the only difference. Fundamentally, brains ‘think differently’ than the von Neumann architecture-based computers. While neuromorphic computing progress has been intriguing, it has still not proven very practical.

The Revolution in the Lab is Overwhelming IT

Oct 5, 2015 |

Sifting through the vast treasure trove of data spilling from modern life science instruments is perhaps the defining challenge for biomedical research today. NIH, for example, generates about 1.5PB of data a month, and that excludes NIH-funded external research. Not only have DNA sequencers become extraordinarily powerful, but also they have proliferated in size and Read more…

Human Brain Project Draws Sharp Criticism

Jul 7, 2014 |

More than 250 neuroscientists have issued an open letter calling for the European Union to reconsider the direction of the Human Brain Project (HBP), the ambitious brain-mapping project that launched last year under the direction of Henry Markram, a neuroscientist at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland. The European Commission (EC) saw fit to fund the Read more…

Supercomputing Essential to Human Brain Project

Oct 16, 2013 |

The Human Brain project officially begins this month with more than 130 research institutions from Europe and around the world and hundreds of scientists from a diverse range of fields. With €1.2 billion in funding from the EU, this is unquestionably the most ambitious neuroscience effort ever launched. Project backers anticipate that a deep understanding Read more…

Exascale Brain Simulation Project Attracts Critics

Feb 27, 2012 |

Henry Markram wants a cool €1 billion to fund his new Human Brain Project.

The Rise of the Thinking Machine

Aug 25, 2011 |

Brain-centric computing is having a pretty good year.

The Next Step in Human Brain Simulation

Jul 11, 2011 |

Can the human brain devise a system capable of understanding itself? That’s been something brain simulation researchers have been working toward for nearly a decade. With recent advances in supercomputing capabilities and modeling techniques, the question may soon be answered.