Asian Health Research Gets the Grid Treatment
SuperComputing (03/12/10) O’Neal, Chris
Biomedical and health researchers discussed how they were using grid computing at the recent International Symposium on Grid Computing in Taipei, Taiwan. The Genomics Research Center (GRC) of Academia Sinica in Taiwan is using the GAP Virtual Screening Service (GVSS), developed by the Academia Sinica Grid Computing Center, to model potential drugs for Dengue fever. “The beautiful thing about GVSS is that even people who don’t know about computational methods can easily submit their job,” says GRC’s Ying-Ta Wu. Meanwhile, KISTI and Chonnam National University in Korea and HealthGrid and the National Institute of Nuclear Physics and Particle Physics in France are working to find novel inhibitors for the enzyme HMA, which would help limit the complications and the progression of type 2 diabetes. And the National Electronics and Computer Technology Center in Thailand is using grid technologies to build a National Health Information System, while ASTI in the Philippines has developed a portal to make grid technologies more accessible for researchers.
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