147,456 computer processors to think like a (slow) cat

#Computers

Wed, Nov 18th, 2009 10:12 by capnasty NEWS

Scientists say they've made a breakthrough in their pursuit of computers that "think" like a living thing's brain. Since a computer with the power of a human brain is not yet near, researchers from IBM Corp. are reporting that they've simulated a cat's cerebral cortex, the thinking part of the brain, using a massive supercomputer that utilizes 147,456 processors (most modern PCs have just one or two processors) and 144 terabytes of main memory--100,000 times as much as an average computer.

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