by Susanna Tatár

[Update] 6/22/2012: Blog post edited and video removed.

The 27th International Supercomputing Conference (ISC’12) is in full swing, with several scientific research developments unveiled as being powered by NVIDIA GPUs.

Germany’s Forschungszentrum Jülich, which hosts one of Europe’s largest and most powerful supercomputing resources, the Jülich Supercomputing Centre, is using GPUs to accelerate advanced neurological research with the aim of one day unlocking the secrets of the human brain. And researchers from the nearby Jülich Institute of Neuroscience and Medicine are deploying Tesla GPUs to accelerate the reconstruction of histological brain sections. This will allow them to create a high-definition, structurally accurate and realistic computer model of the human brain for research purposes.

NVIDIA GPUs also play an integral role in joint research by scientists in the U.K. and Thailand that’s shedding new light on the deadly H1N1 influenza virus. Using computer simulations, researchers have observed how H1N1 mutations can cause changes in the chemical and biological aspects of key viral enzymes. And, for the first time, scientists are gaining insight into how these H1N1 mutations resist existing anti-influenza drugs, like Tamiflu, which could lead to the development more effective drugs to fight future epidemics.

Additionally, India’s most power supercomputer, SAGA, is using NVIDIA GPUs to dramatically speed up the design of satellite delivery vehicles that are critical to the nation’s space program.

[Featured image caption: The Congress Center Hamburg – home to ISC]