High-Performance Computing in Neuroscience

Head of the division High Performance Computing in Neuroscience

Dr. Boris Orth

Head of High Performance Computing in Life Sciences division Jülich Supercomputing Centre

  • Institute for Advanced Simulation (IAS)
  • Jülich Supercomputing Centre (JSC)
Building 16.3 /
Room 330
+49 2461/61-9123

The central goal of the High-Performance Computing in Neuroscience division is to strengthen and focus the JSC's activities at the intersection of neuroscience and High-Performance Computing (HPC). These activities include major contributions to the Helmholtz Portfolio Theme Supercomputing and Modeling for the Human Brain (SMHB) and to the Human Brain Project (HBP), a European FET Flagship project funded by the European Commission.

Within SMHB and the HBP in particular, but also in local projects and within JARA-HPC, the division works closely together with groups from the Institute of Neuroscience and Medicine (INM) at Forschungszentrum Jülich and with the Virtual Reality Group at RWTH Aachen University.

The division hosts the Simulation and Data Laboratory Neuroscience (SDL Neuroscience), which serves as a bridge between neuroscience and HPC by providing high-level, community-oriented support. As the Bernstein Facility for High Performance Simulation and Data Analytics, the SimLab Neuroscience contributes its expertise to the Bernstein Network Computational Neuroscience.

The division carries out research and development in the fields of data analytics and machine learning, modelling and simulation, visualization and HPC methods in neuroscience, and supports the neuroscience community in these fields through the SimLab Neuroscience. Additional focus areas include co-design activities within the JSC’s Exascale Labs and the use of special computer architectures for neuroscience. The division also coordinates the Portfolio Theme SMHB and manages the HBP's EBRAINS Computing Services work package as well as the Interactive Computing E-Infrastructure (ICEI) project, which is building the Fenix infrastructure for the HBP and other science communities.

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Last Modified: 16.09.2022