IBM, EPFL to Use Blue Gene in Brain-Modeling Project

IBM and France's Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne are collaborating on a two-year research project nicknamed "Blue Brain" that will put IBM's Blue Gene supercomputer to work on building a detailed model of the circuitry in the human neocortex at the cellular level.

The collaborators plan to expand the project to model other areas of the brain in the future, eventually building an accurate, digital model of the entire brain.

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