Sunday, December 16, 2012

Barcelona's "computer-generated heart"

This week I’ve been doing some work on language with a few of the bright young things from Barcelona Supercomputing Centre (BSC.)

It’s easy to get preoccupied with all the daily bad news around but they are doing some incredible things right here in this city.

Using MareNostrum, one of the world’s largest and most powerful super-computers, BSC have recently sequenced the tomato gene and played an important part in striving to improve the half-life of transplanted human livers.

They have also created a model “computational heart” which they named Alya Red. The video they produced won two international awards this year and can be seen below…

BSC rightly called our hearts “the most perfect pump that millions of years of evolution have created.” 

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