Gateway Grid Used in Diabetes Research
The American Diabetes Association is using Gateway's grid program to run a compute-intensive application designed to accelerate diabetes-related research.The American Diabetes Association is using Gateway Inc.s grid program to run a compute-intensive application designed to accelerate diabetes-related research. The association, based in Alexandria, Va., is running the Archimedes software application, which Richard Kahn, chief scientific and medical officer for the ADA, called "the Sims City of health care." Using the program, the association can create an environment with any number of variablessuch as doctors, hospitals, rooms, costs, patients and treatmentsand run numerous what-if scenarios as a way of researching multiple aspects of diabetes care and running clinical studies. For example, researchers can plug in data involving patients with high blood pressure and diabetes, and then run various scenarios through the application to determine the benefits or disadvantages of administering disparate levels of medicine, Kahn said. They could find out the impact on patients, inventory, hospital costs and doctors fees, he said.
"Or what if we give people aspirin and call it a day?" Kahn said of one possible scenario. "What would happen?"