High-performance computing increases understanding of the brain

Scientists at Cardiff University have used high-performance computing to analyse brain scans 24 times faster than was previously possible, giving a more complete view of the brain.

The technique overlays two types of magnetic images, magneto encephalography and magnetic resonance imaging scans, to provide single, comprehensive examination of the brain. Using the 300-node cluster, scientists can analyse 100 complete brain images in just 16 minutes.

Scientists are also finding the processing power has allowed them to achieve more in each visit, reducing the overall number of costly visits necessary for their research.

‘The work of scientists using the CUBRIC [Cardiff University Brain Research Imaging Centre] facility involves complex mathematical analysis on data sets and in the past that would take significant time,’ said Spiro Stathakis, IT systems manager. ‘We are getting a deeper look into a complex organ and how it reacts to adverse conditions.’

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