Canadian Brain Research Driven by High Performance Computing

The essential role supercomputing can play in supporting breakthrough discoveries and driving vital research was showcased recently through two exciting announcements involving McGill researcher and Compute Canada user Dr. Alan Evans

Late last month, the human brain atlas, a collaboration between Canadian and German researchers through the international Human Brain Project, was announced as one of the Top 10 Breakthrough Technologies by MIT Technology Review. Evans, a researcher with the Montreal Neurological Institute, and Dr. Katrin Amunts from the Jülich Research Centre in Germany, led the creation of the revolutionary new 3D brain model, which is nearly 50 times the resolution, in each of three spatial dimensions, of previous models. Millions of hours of data processing time on Compute Canada resources were used to help complete the project. 

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