Speaking of HPC and brains, IBM and the Stockholm Brain Institute have announced a 3M USD Blue Gene, attached to a PET (positron emission tomography) scanner. The system will be installed in the Parallel Computer Centre at the Royal Institute of Technology. From coverage at SC Online:
The SBI was set up by Karolinska Institutet, the Royal Institute of Technology and Stockholm University to promote cutting-edge research into the cognitive functions of the brain, such as memory and learning or emotions, action and perception. Such research is attacked from three angles: development and ageing, gender differences, and brain diseases (Alzheimer’s, schizophrenia or ADHD). Important tools for scientists working on these areas include high-performance computational resources for simulation and image analysis.