News | July 23, 2006

IBM’s World Community Grid Accelerates Cancer Research

IBM is working with researchers at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ)-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and The Cancer Institute of New Jersey to launch a project that will unleash the power of supercomputer technology in the battle against cancer.
Help Defeat Cancer is the third project to use the enormous computational power offered by World Community Grid, the world's largest humanitarian grid housing a virtual supercomputer. The project aims to help researchers understand the underlying mechanisms of cancer in order to improve treatment and therapy planning for cancer patients. IBM will use its information technology capabilities to power the project on World Community Grid for a minimum of three months.
"As a result of the Help Defeat Cancer project, World Community Grid makes it possible to analyze in one day the number of specimens that would take approximately 130 years to complete using a traditional computer," said David J. Foran, M.D. lead researcher and professor of pathology and director of the Center for Biomedical Imaging at the UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and co-director of the Immunohistochemistry shared resources program of The Cancer Institute of New Jersey.

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