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Building Up Computer Power for Future Simulations

Supercomputers are important tools for simulating the functions of the human brain and achieving a deeper understanding of its processes. Neuroscientists at Forschungszentrum Jülich are using the JUQUEEN petaflop computer, which can perform almost six quadrillion (1015) arithmetic operations per second, for their research as part of the Human Brain Project. Neuroscientists, medical scientists, computer scientists, mathematicians, and physicists are working together at Jülich to optimize computer simulations. With current computer capacity, it has so far only been possible to simulate small parts of the human brain. The long-term goal of the Human Brain Project is to be able to simulate the entire brain. However, this requires Exascale-class computers, which will be approximately 1,000 times more powerful than JUQUEEN. Jülich Supercomputing Centre (JSC) is already working on developing computers of this class within various collaborations.

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