High performance computing in health care is an increasingly popular option for researchers and scientists hoping to uncover the secrets of the human body.

HPC in health care

on Jun 24, 15 • by Chris Gottbrath • with No Comments

High performance computing in health care is an increasingly popular option for researchers and scientists hoping to uncover the secrets of the human body...

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High performance computing has been around for quite a few years but only began to experience its true potential in recent times. There are so many industries and companies discovering these benefits that people can recognize certain supercomputers by name, even if they aren’t the most tech-savvy tool in the shed. Not only does this show the prominence of high performance computing in daily life but it tells us how far we have to go. If people are so familiar with these systems, how can we integrate them into more industries and find more ways to benefit those who need it?

High performance computing in health care is an increasingly popular option for researchers and scientists hoping to uncover the secrets of the human body. It’s very likely that HPC paired with specialized care will help extend the life spans of individuals with harmful diseases.

Opening new doors
The technology in the health care industry alone has come in leaps and bounds over the past few decades. The gadgets and programs that can now see down to a microscopic level have made surgeries less intrusive and found diseases in earlier stages, preventing serious repercussions including untimely death. So, how can experts use HPC to address people’s health needs?

Powerful computers provide the opportunity to find trends in the human body and the health care system.”

The cells in the human body are so incredibly small and difficult to monitor, as they sometimes change shape and metamorphose to perform different tasks than the ones they previously carried out. Thanks to HPC and a process called neutron scattering, AzoNano reported that experts are now beginning to now track and predict how these specific proteins function once they’ve changed their composition.

Eventually, this process could be simulated, leading to the creation of bio-inspired materials that will potentially assist in making artificial body parts and other life-saving operations.

On a larger scale
According to GCN.com, analysts have access to the the second most powerful computer in existence to instantaneously graph enormous data sets to find patterns and create silos for later reference. These researchers have already found discrepancies in provider billing fraud and they claim that this is just the beginning of what these computers will eventually accomplish.

“We know for certain that health data will be getting bigger and more complex as the practice of medicine expands and progresses,” claimed Georgia Tourassi, director of Oak Ridge National Lab’s Health Data Sciences Institute. These computers provide the opportunity for people to find trends both in the human body and in the health care system as a whole.

Making the most of time
On both the microscopic and invariably large scales, time is always of the essence in HPC. Results should be as fast and accurate as possible, but sometimes the coding can get in the way of the end result.

Programmers of these super computers should use TotalView from Rogue Wave to debug the programs and get the best possible outcome without compromising the data or the time needed to complete these sophisticated processes. Learn more by visiting with our experts at the Ter@tec Forum booth #34, June 23-25, 2015 in Palaisseau, France.

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