09-01-2010, 05:19 PM
Mouse Brain Simulated By Supercomputer
IBM Almaden Research Lab and the University of Nevada successfully simulated the neural activity of half of a mouse brain on a BlueGene L supercomputer that had 4,096 processors, each one of which used 256MB of memory. The simulation was so computationally intensive that the supercomputer could not even handle real-time mouse cogitation. The researchers ran the simulation at one-tenth speed for only ten seconds.characteristics of thought patterns observed in real mouse brains. In these tests the team saw the groups of neurons form spontaneously into groups. They also saw nerves in the simulated connections firing in a ways similar to the staggered, co-ordinated patterns seen in nature.