HPC Cloud could be the answer to cancer


By Lionel Gibbons | August 14, 2014 | HPC, AWS




Eleven hours. Less than $5,000. According to a recent article from HPC Wire, that's what it took for Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research to discover three potential cancer-fighting compounds to do further research on. Using cloud software and Amazon's cloud, the company was able to create and access a $44 million supercomputer and complete 39 drug design years worth of work for very little upfront cost.

It has been known for quite some time now that HPC holds the key to discovering drugs to combat chronic and deadly illnesses. The problem in the past was that each new drug that was developed cost a pharmaceutical company about a billion dollars and cost about ten years for a public waiting for the drug to treat diseases such as cancer, the article stated. Fortunes run out in ten years. Lives are lost in ten years.

HPC, however, saved money and bought time by analyzing a massive amount of data in a matter of hours. Combining the supercomputer capabilities with public and private cloud usage, Novartis showed just how much time and money could be saved. Eleven hours was what it took to screen 10 million compounds and narrow that 10 million down to three. Price tag: $4,232.

As technology improves, so do the many uses for it. Perhaps your company isn't trying to create a cure for cancer. But now you can have access to lightning quick data analysis through the installation of HPC clusters. Bright software helps you install, monitor, manage, use, and scale clusters easily and offers OpenStack private cloud solutions as well. For more information, contact us.

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