The HBP is developing six information and communications technology (ICT) Platforms. These Platforms will enable large-scale collaboration and data sharing, reconstruction of the brain at different biological scales, federated analysis of clinical data to map diseases of the brain, and development of brain-inspired computing systems.
The HBP's ICT platforms will allow neuroscientists, clinical researchers and information technology developers to perform diverse experiments and share knowledge, with a common goal of unlocking the most complex structure in the known universe. During its first two-and-a-half years (the Ramp-Up Phase), the HBP will collect strategic data, develop theoretical frameworks and perform the development work necessary to make the six ICT Platforms available for use by the scientific community in 2016.
The HBP's ICT Platforms are:
· Neuroinformatics: a data repository, including brain atlases
· Brain Simulation: building ICT models and simulations of brains and brain components
· Medical Informatics: bringing together information on brain diseases
· Neuromorphic Computing: ICT that mimics the functioning of the brain
· Neurorobotics: testing brain models and simulations in virtual environments
· High Performance Computing: hardware and software to support the other Platforms
The HBP Platforms will be designed for use by scientists from outside the HBP Consortium who may have limited technical expertise. The HBP will develop technical support and training programmes for users of the Platforms. Access to the platforms will be through a competitive process similar to current methods for allocating time on major scientific instruments (e.g. telescopes).