Alright. It is not a full human brain. A half a mouse brain instead. Simulated in a supercomputer with 4096 processors. Each processor has 256 MB of memory. That is quite a staggering number. "Using this machine the researchers created half a virtual mouse brain that had 8,000 neurons that had up to 6,300 synapses.The vast complexity of the simulation meant that it was only run for ten seconds at a speed ten times slower than real life - the equivalent of one second in a real mouse brain."
A good start, indeed! In a short period of time, more structures and details will be added in this simulation, a full mouse brain is not that far away, it seems. This will surely lead to other more "closer to home" simulation, like a full human brain in a computing simulator.
One may wonder, what practical applications beneficial to human and animal kind will be adopted from these and other similar future simulators?
Mouse brain simulated on computer