What if we threw enough computing power at cancer research that we could find a cure? Of course we would do it. Some researchers believe computational simulations can give us enough understanding of the processes that occur within a cell that—through computational biology—we could beat cancer.
The technical architects behind Cancer Computer, a non-profit organization based in Canada, definitely believe a cure for cancer will be found with computers.
“The mission of Cancer Computer is to help accelerate the cure for cancer,” says Roy Chartier, founder and chief technology officer of the organization. “We make computing resources, made possible through donations and corporate goodwill, available to research projects, such as those served by the Open Science Grid. That’s why we partnered with the OSG.”
Cancer Computer recently partnered with OSG to make available 1,157,122 core hours per year for like-minded research such as the Indiana University Medical School’s SPLinter project and Harvard Medical School’s Structural Biology Grid (SBGrid) Science Portal. SBGrid supports the Deformable Elastic Network and the Wide-Search Molecular Replacement.
“We provide resources directly to researchers, who either need more resources than are available to them departmentally, or need more resources than they otherwise might be able to afford on a commercial cloud platform,” adds Chartier. “In many cases, we will allow researchers to use our platform at no charge.”