Wired is running a fascinating feature story on Henry Markram and his Human Brain Project. While Markram plans to give the European Union an early working prototype within just 18 months, he estimates that he’ll need a supercomputer 100,000 times faster than his current Blue Gene system.
Ever the optimist, he believes Moore’s law (and the EU) will deliver him that raw power in about ten years’ time. However, he’ll also need far more data than even his industrial-strength Blue Brain lab can collect.
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