You've undoubtedly heard over and over again about what an absurdly complex entity the human brain is. But a new breakthrough by Japanese and German scientists might finally drive the point home. Taking advantage of the almost 83,000 processors of one of the world's most powerful supercomputers, the team was able to mimic just one percent of one second's worth of human brain activity—and even that took 40 minutes.
Officials at Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra today took the wraps off Raijin, a new 1.2 petaflop supercomputer that is fastest ever in the country. The new cluster is housed at the new National Computational Infrastructure (NCI) facility on the ANU campus, and will be used for climate modeling, among other uses.