A virtual heart built from10,000 parallel processors

If you’re anything like me, your conception of the human heart comes from text book line drawings and plastic models in doctors’ offices.

To create a more useful, virtual model, the Barcelona Supercomputing Center used 10,000 parallel processors. The beating heart turns out to be a phenomenally complex electromechanical apparatus—wondrous, and almost spooky, to behold.

The center recently released a video simulation, although based on a rabbit’s heart rather than a human’s.

From Emily Underwood via Alexis Madrigal.

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