The European Commission today announced the winners of a multi-billion euro competition of Future and Emerging Technologies (FET). The “Human Brain Project” will create the world’s largest experimental facility for developing the most detailed model of the brain, for studying how the human brain works and ultimately to develop personalised treatment of neurological and related diseases. This research lays the scientific and technical foundations for medical progress that has the potential to will dramatically improve the quality of life for millions of Europeans. The European Commission will support the “Human Brain Project” as FET “flagships” over 10 years through its research and innovation funding programmes. Sustained funding for the full duration of the project will come from the EU’s research framework programmes, principally from the Horizon 2020 programme (2014-2020) which is currently negotiated in the European Parliament and Council.
The Mont-Blanc project will contribute to the Human Brain Project (HBP) ensuring that the technology developed meets the requirements of brain simulation, which in some respects are qualitatively different from those of other applications, for example in physics. The end goal should be to design and deploy the supercomputing technology required by the project, gradually moving towards exascale capabilities, expected to be available by 2020.
More information: http://www.humanbrainproject.eu/files/HBP_flagship.pdf