Supercomputers will give rise to advances in personalized medicine, which will improve healthcare and potentially increase people’s life expectancy by five to ten years, says the head of an Ireland’s national high-performance computing center.
Jean-Christophe Desplat, director of the Irish Centre for High-End Computing (ICHEC), made the prediction in a recent Irish Times article that highlights the center’s services.
The center, which recently celebrated its 10th year anniversary, provides supercomputing resources to industrial users and academic researchers. Its flagship supercomputer is the Fionn system which runs on Intel Xeon and Intel Xeon Phi processors and reaches 147.5 teraflops-per-second speeds.
Speaking about high-performance computing (HPC) in general, Desplat said he expects the use of artificial intelligence and deep learning on supercomputers will soon yield major gains in personalized medicine, in which healthcare is customized based on people’s individual genetic makeup. In the article, he also said that he expects supercomputers will allow for faster and more accurate early diagnoses in the future.
About 450 users took advantage of the center’s supercomputer resources in 2016, the story said. Researchers use the Fionn system for a variety of research, including weather forecasting, climate and energy usage modeling and seismic analysis for oil and gas exploration, the story said.