Warren Kibbe: DOE, NCI Plan Pilot to Use Supercomputers for Cancer Research

computer-technologyThe Energy Department and National Cancer Institute will continue to work together to plan the utilization of large-scale computing in cancer research and clinical treatment.

Warren Kibbe, director of the NCI Center for Biomedical Informatics and Information Technology, wrote in an article published Wednesday that NCI and DOE have partnered with DOE’s Exascale Computing Initiative and the National Strategic Computing Initiative in the collaboration.

The team seeks to utilize exascale supercomputers, which process data in exaflops, in the identification of specific treatments for cancer patients.

“NCI and DOE leaders believe something with such massive power to interrogate and decipher big data could play an important role in cancer research,” Kibbe wrote.

He said the team will hold a pilot program to cover the areas of computational approaches to research, the impact of current therapies in real-world medical practice and large-scale computing to develop laboratory models of cancer.

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