Former SCCN Facility
(new space page under construction)
The Swartz Center for Computational Neuroscience (SCCN), a center of the Institute for Neural Computation (INC) of the University of California San Diego, (UCSD) is located in a 4000-sq.ft. wing of the new UC San Diego Supercomputer Center. extension building on the UCSD campus. The Center has desk space for up to 30 researchers and scientists plus three administrative staff. (Center floor plan). (Directions to Center).
Scott Makeig directs the Center. Tzyy-Ping Jung is the associate director. The Center was founded in 2001-2002 by a continuing gift from The Swartz Foundation (Old Field, NY) on the initiative of UCSD Institute for Neural Computation director, Terrence Sejnowski.
The Center's goal is to observe and model how functional activities in multiple brain areas interact dynamically to support human cognition, creativity and social interaction. Current research studies are continuing in several areas.
The Center has two 256-channel and one 128-channel Biosemi Active Two active-electrode EEG recording systems. One system is rapidly configurable either as a 256-channel system for a single subject or as two up to 136-channel systems for recording from two subjects simultaneously.Currently, Center has a network of workstations running Linux, plus 30 TB of online storage, all interconnected by 1 Gb Ethernet and WiFi. A 2x2 to 6x2 core Opteron cluster with 16 GB RAM per node, plus a 480-core NVidia GPU workstation, allow performing very large computations.
The Center is located less than a mile from the UCSD Medical School and its new UCSD/Salk Functional Brain Imaging Center (right), directed by Rick Buxton, which houses two 3-T GE scanners for human brain research (a 7-T is planned). To date, our 72-channel simultaneous EEG and fMRI imaging has been conducted on the 1.5-T Siemens scanner located at the nearby UCSD Thornton hospital. We are now installing this system in one of the GE 3-T machines in the new Center.