Toronto Supercomputer used to help find potential treatment for Cystic Fibrosis

May 23rd, 2011 1:17 pm
Posted by Brock Taylor


Google around for Marshall Zhang, and you'll quickly hit articles about how he used SciNet (University of Toronto, #39 on the November 2010 Top500 list) to discover a new drug combination that may help fight cystic fibrosis.  Did I forget to mention that Marshall is 16 years old? You can read the articles on his achievements; I just wanted to point out the usage of supercomputing to help push his research.

As an industry, we need to continue to push HPC technologies into mainstream and make it easier to access for people like Marshall.  Computational simulations can drastically reduce research cost and speed time to results - not just in academia but in commercial environments as well.  HPC is no longer a niche technology but is viable for broad academic and commercial use.  There are a lot more discoveries and advancements out there that we can get to faster with bigger and better simulations.

In case you missed it, read Teen Discovers Promising Cystic Fibrosis Treatment

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Author Info
Brock Taylor


Brock Taylor is an Engineering Manager and Cluster Solutions Architect for volume High Performance Compute clusters in the Software and Services Group at Intel. He has been a part of the Intel® Cluster Ready program from the start, is a co-author of the specification, and launched the first reference implementations of Intel Cluster Ready certified solutions.

Brock and others at Intel are working within the HPC community to enable advances and innovations in scientific computing by lowering the barriers to clustered solutions.

Brock joined Intel in December of 2000, and in addition to HPC clustering, he previously helped launch new processors and chipsets as part of an enterprise validation BIOS team. Brock has a B.S. in Computer Engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and an M.Sc. in High Performance Computing from Trinity College Dublin.