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[Computational-biology] Re: processor system

Jeff kidsdoc2000 at hotmail.com
Sat May 20 10:46:49 EST 2006


"Eric Lynum" <elynum at cox.net> wrote in message 
news:mailman.927.1147358639.16885.comp-bio at net.bio.net...
> I'd like to know have there been any new computational architectures that
> people are looking at today other than multiprocessing? As a hardware
> engineer interested in the field of Bioinformatics since I'm not in the
> field, it seems from reading the posts that Cray machines and Opteron
> processors are used?  Why is this, are there no other computational
> architectures that are appropriate? Also, what algorithms require these
> processors and why?

There are some architectures where you can simulate a neuron by using 
capacitors, resistors and other electronic elements to simulate neurons in 
VLSI chips. I think they did this at Caltech.

There are some parallel computers that are well-suited to brain simulation.

Jeff 



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