Cornell Receives IDC Award for Hepatitis C Computational Research

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Cornell Center for Advanced Computing received an HPC Innovation Excellence Award for enabling hepatitis C virus (HCV) research on a remote experimental MATLAB computing resource located at Cornell University.

IDC research has shown that high performance computing can greatly improve ROI and scientific advancement,” said Earl Joseph, program vice president, High Performance Computing at IDC.

Researchers from the Centers for Disease Control used the Cornell resource to generate faster computations (more than 175 times speed-up), which provided a better understanding of networks of coordinated amino-acid variation that may enable the discovery of new therapeutic targets for the hepatitis C virus. With the cost per liver transplantation in the range of $280,000 for one year, liver transplantation for hepatitis C alone reaches a total cost of nearly $300 million per year.

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