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Bernd Wiebelt (Computing Center, University of Freiburg)

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"High Performance Neuro Computing" / Tuesday, June 16, 2015 17:15 h

  • Bernstein Seminar
When Jun 16, 2015
from 05:15 PM to 06:45 PM
Where Lecture Hall, Hansastr. 9a
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Bernstein Center Freiburg

Bernstein Seminar
Bernd Wiebelt
Computing Center, University of Freiburg
High Performance Neuro Computing

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

17:15 h

Lecture Hall (ground floor)
Bernstein Center Freiburg
Hansastraße 9a
79104 Freiburg


In the past decade, High Performance Computing (HPC) has developed into a key technology for brain research. In particular, the rapidly growing field of Computational Neuroscience has seen exciting new developments, both in multi-variate data analysis and in large-scale model network simulations. Available software packages scale in performance from the most powerful supercomputers to small compute clusters for local work groups, the latter often being the point of entry for aspiring young scientists. However, these mini-clusters come with strings attached: Find the money, acquire the hardware, provide software and human resources to keep everything afloat. And after 3-5 years, start from scratch because everything is outdated.
An alternative approach has been developed by the state of Baden-Württemberg by way of its bwHPC initiative. The bwUniCluster in Karlsruhe and the upcoming bwForCluster ENM in Freiburg are Supercomputer class HPC clusters shared by scientists from the whole state. The bwForCluster ENM is especially targeted towards the Computational Neuroscience community. The idea is to preserve the benefits of mini-clusters, such as straightforward access, gradual learning curve and benevolent error tolerance. At the same time, by joining forces, we were able to acquire far more resources and make much better use of them.
The talk is open to the public. Guests are cordially invited!
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