Any research that requires make sensing of large data sets from a variety of sources can benefit from artificial intelligence (AI). Cancer research, hopefully, is one of those areas.
NVIDIA has partnered with the National Cancer Institute and the US Department of Energy (DOE) to develop the CANDLE (Cancer Distributed Learning Environment) an AI-based “common discovery platform” to help fight this horrific disease, which is now the leading cause of death worldwide.
This is all part of the Cancer Moonshot initiative - announced by President Barack Obama during his 2016 State of the Union Address and led by Vice President Joseph Biden - that aims to deliver a decade of advances in cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment in just five years.
CANDLE will tackle three major issues when it comes to cancer treatment:
1. It will pore through genomic data to find the genetic signatures in cancer DNA and RNA that predict their response to treatments.
2. It will accelerate the simulation of protein interactions to see how they create the conditions for cancer.
3. It will automatically extract and study “millions” of patient records to understand how cancer spreads and reoccurs, and accelerate the simulation of protein interactions to see how they create the conditions for cancer.
“GPU deep learning has given us a new tool to tackle grand challenges that have, up to now, been too complex for even the most powerful supercomputers,” said Jen-Hsun Huang, founder and chief executive officer, NVIDIA. “Together with the Department of Energy and the National Cancer Institute, we are creating an AI supercomputing platform for cancer research. This ambitious collaboration is a giant leap in accelerating one of our nation’s greatest undertakings, the fight against cancer.