How Computer Clouds Could Help Cure Cancer

Cloud Computing

How Computer Clouds Could Help Cure Cancer

The National Cancer Institute plans to sponsor three pilot computer clouds that will enable researchers to access genomic cancer information. George Komatsoulis, who is leading the cloud initiative, says the largest source of data on cancer genetics is NCI’s Cancer Genome Atlas, which currently contains half a petabyte of information and could increase to 2.5 petabytes by 2014. Although only a few research centers can afford to store that volume of data on their servers, if that data could be stored inside a cloud, Komatsoulis says researchers worldwide would be able to access and study it, “without requiring millions of dollars of investment in commodity information technology.”

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