The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will demonstrate the multiple applications of high performance computers (HPC) to public health using a fictitious “zombie virus” outbreak during a presentation at Supercomputing 2014 on Tuesday.
“HPC: A Matter of Life or Death” will use the zombie virus to increase interest, but will be applicable to real life outbreaks of Ebola and H1N1.
The CDC is working along with other U.S. government agencies, the World Health Organization and other international partners to respond to the changing situation in West Africa dealing with the Ebola virus. There has been one death, and two health care workers in the U.S. have contracted Ebola. The CDC is taking precautions to prevent the spread of the disease within the U.S. in addition to overseas.
The zombie virus presentation will focus on six areas including: big data analysis to detect outbreaks; spatial modeling and modeling of potential outbreaks to develop emergency response plans; genomic evaluation of suspected disease outbreaks; drug manufacturing and supply modeling; contact tracing and response modeling to evaluate current activities and improve response activities; and post-event analysis to prepare for the next epidemic.”
The session is meant to show the ways in which HPC matters to the world through “real-world testimonials” from companies of all sizes.