The focus on information allows Jülich research to bring together three areas: the simulation and data sciences of high-performance computing (HPC), brain research and the research on bio-based and nanoelectronic-based information technologies of the future. Many research results are based on large amounts of data. For Jülich researchers, big data has long been part of everyday life. They are working to find answers to complex questions using the flood of data, for example in climate research, neuroscience and materials research. Using JUWELS for this purpose, which is currently Europe’s fastest supercomputer, they are developing modular hardware architectures for exascale computing. Another focus at Jülich is quantum technology – from the basics to application. In the “Quantum Flagship”, the largest quantum computing initiative in Europe, the first freely programmable European quantum computer is being built at Jülich.
Technology-based information processing is closely interlinked with research on biological systems. Learning from the brain – the basis for innovative computing concepts such as neuromorphic computing. The vision of the EU-funded Human Brain Project is to understand the human brain through simulation. Artificial intelligence helps in developing a high-resolution atlas of the brain. Through the EBRAINS platform, experts all over the world can access data and tools for brain research and translation into clinical and technical applications. This opens up new possibilities for diagnosis and therapy, for example in Alzheimer’s disease, and in the development of innovative neurotechnologies.
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