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Primeur weekly 2016-05-23

Crowd computing

Zika treatment search launched, fueled by IBM's World Community Grid ...

Quantum computing

Quantum Manifesto to call for one billion euro investment in European quantum computer ...

Focus on Europe

Lenovo helps the European Space Agency map the Milky Way ...

PRACEdays16 concludes with ambitions met and raised ...

GASPI tutorial at EPFL Lausanne ...

Hardware

Lincoln Laboratory establishes a supercomputing centre ...

Microsoft supports Sydney University quantum effort ...

Atos simplifies and speeds up implementation of Big Data solutions ...

Mellanox announces new executive appointments ...

DDN introduces Flashscale: game-changing performance and cost optimized all-flash array delivering 6 million IOPS in 4U for as low as $1/GB ...

Dell makes groundbreaking leap forward with uniquely adaptable, future-ready storage solutions ...

Applications

Funding to support development of the Virtual Physiological Human ...

Zika hackathon fights disease with Big Data ...

SGI rapidly surpasses 600 Terabyte milestone for total systems running SAP HANA ...

ANSYS introduces first Big Data and machine learning system for engineering simulation ...

Galaxy formation simulations benefit NASA's future space telescope ...

UTA prepares Titan supercomputer to process the data from quadrillions of proton collisions generated in the new Large Hadron Collider experiments ...

The Cloud

IBM Cloud first to offer latest NVIDIA GRID with Tesla M60 GPU, speeding up virtual desktop applications ...

Jabil speeds global collaboration with IBM Cloud ...

Univa announces Navops Command for managing enterprise container workload on Kubernetes distributions ...

Funding to support development of the Virtual Physiological Human


Simulation of red blood cells on a parallel computer. Credit: Alfons Hoekstra.
18 Apr 2016 Amsterdam - CompBioMed, a to-be established distributed Centre of Excellence in Computational Biomedicine, recently received H2020 funding from the European Commission. Aim of this European project is to facilitate the uptake and exploitation of high performance computing within the biomedical modelling community. CompBioMed is part of an active research community that works on the development of the 'Virtual Physiological Human'. Alfons Hoekstra from the University of Amterdam Computational Science Lab participates in the project.

Mission of the Virtual Physiological Human (VHP), of which CompBioMed is an exponent, is to deliver computational modelling frameworks for integrating every level in human biology - one that links genes, proteins, cells and organs to the whole body. Ultimately, the goal of the VPH is to piece together the complete virtual physiological human: a personalised, 3D model of an individual's unique physiological make-up. Many VPH research results are on the brink of being applied in clinical practice, with already some very spectacular examples in (pre-)clinical trial phases. In the coming years major breakthroughs are expected, opening up huge opportunities. VPH will be applied in diagnostics, decision support, improving treatments and/or medical devices, in-silico clinical trials, personalised medicine, etc.

At the Computational Science Lab of the University of Amsterdam Faculty of Science models are developed for vascular disease, for infectious diseases (HIV/AIDS), and recently also for the immune system. One application that will be pursued in the CompBioMed project is cell-based blood flow modelling - that is, simulating individual red blood cells, platelets, and white blood cells as they flow in the blood - and to apply this to thrombus formation.

The CompBioMed project will support the community by developing required high-end computing capabilities. Partners are not only research groups such as the Computational Science Lab of the University of Amsterdam Faculty of Science, but also Supercomputing centres. For example SurfSara, located at Amsterdam Science Park, is part of the project. Together, the University of Amsterdam and SurfSara, expect to give a strong boost to Computational Biomedicine within the Netherlands. The CompBioMed Centre of Excellence is expected to start on September 1, 2016. It will then make its first public appearance during the VPH2016 conference which is this year organised by the University of Amsterdam Computational Science Lab.

Salient information about this specific grant application is that it was rejected by the European Commission initially. Peter Coveney from the University College London and main applicant did not accept the verdict and hired a lawyer to challenge the decision, with success. Appeals as these are uncommon in both Europe and the United States, and the story made it to the news section of Nature .
Source: University of Amsterdam

Back to Table of contents

Primeur weekly 2016-05-23

Crowd computing

Zika treatment search launched, fueled by IBM's World Community Grid ...

Quantum computing

Quantum Manifesto to call for one billion euro investment in European quantum computer ...

Focus on Europe

Lenovo helps the European Space Agency map the Milky Way ...

PRACEdays16 concludes with ambitions met and raised ...

GASPI tutorial at EPFL Lausanne ...

Hardware

Lincoln Laboratory establishes a supercomputing centre ...

Microsoft supports Sydney University quantum effort ...

Atos simplifies and speeds up implementation of Big Data solutions ...

Mellanox announces new executive appointments ...

DDN introduces Flashscale: game-changing performance and cost optimized all-flash array delivering 6 million IOPS in 4U for as low as $1/GB ...

Dell makes groundbreaking leap forward with uniquely adaptable, future-ready storage solutions ...

Applications

Funding to support development of the Virtual Physiological Human ...

Zika hackathon fights disease with Big Data ...

SGI rapidly surpasses 600 Terabyte milestone for total systems running SAP HANA ...

ANSYS introduces first Big Data and machine learning system for engineering simulation ...

Galaxy formation simulations benefit NASA's future space telescope ...

UTA prepares Titan supercomputer to process the data from quadrillions of proton collisions generated in the new Large Hadron Collider experiments ...

The Cloud

IBM Cloud first to offer latest NVIDIA GRID with Tesla M60 GPU, speeding up virtual desktop applications ...

Jabil speeds global collaboration with IBM Cloud ...

Univa announces Navops Command for managing enterprise container workload on Kubernetes distributions ...