28 June 2010 to 2 July 2010
University Paris XI - Laboratoire de l'Accélérateur Linéaire
Europe/Paris timezone

Putting a Heart into a Box: GPGPU simulation of a Cardiac Model on the XBox 360

30 Jun 2010, 15:40
University Paris XI - Laboratoire de l'Accélérateur Linéaire

University Paris XI - Laboratoire de l'Accélérateur Linéaire


Dr Simon Scarle (University of Warwick)


When they first hit the market the current “next” generation of games consoles are, pretty much by definition, the most powerful “bangs per buck” computing hardware one can get, especially in terms of their graphical computing power and advanced GPUs. However, little work has been published which actually uses this power to produce useful research results. One exception is my recent paper using the XBox 360 to carry out electro-cardio dynamics simulations, recently published in the Computational Biology and Chemistry*. This I shall discuss in the broader context of using games consoles as an alternative HPC resource. I shall also discuss the wider publicity generated by this paper, and highlight how games could be a very powerful tool in the Public Engagement with Science arena. * Implications of the Turing Completeness of Reaction-Diffusion Models, informed by GPGPU simulations on an XBox 360: Cardiac Arrhythmias, Re-entry and the Halting Problem, S.Scarle, Computational Biology and Chemistry 33 253 (2009) Video presentation at: http://tinyurl.com/cpv3pc

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