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June 13, 2018

Energy Department Advances Supercomputing in Fight Against Cancer

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US Department of Energy — In 2015, the Department of Energy (DOE) and the National Cancer Institute (NCI) teamed up to launch the “Joint Design of Advanced Computing Solutions for Cancer (JDACS4C).” The partnership aims to develop next-generation supercomputing technology and accelerate cancer research to enable precision medicine.

JDACS4C has incredible potential to transform both medicine and computing. It aligns with the Precision Medicine Initiative of the 21st Century Cures Act and will help bring the central goal of the NCI Cancer Moonshot — accomplishing 10 years’ worth of research in five — within reach. The program is already accomplishing big things in supercomputing. For example, a new natural language processing tool running on Summit can rapidly find relevant information in millions of pages of free-form text and a new hybrid AI-molecular dynamics approach to multiscale physics is running on Sierra. Summit and Sierra are two of the newest DOE supercomputers.

Read more at the US Department of Energy.

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