When you take a second to think of a four-year-old who has been unfairly dealt a bad hand and is fighting something as tough as Neuroblastoma, a cancerous tumor that often occurs in young children - your heart goes out, and you want to do everything you can to help. Today, with advanced technologies like high performance computing (HPC) and cloud computing, we're doing more than ever before to help these kids battle and win. In fact, these technologies allow us to help these kids fight tumors using collaborative teams of geneticists from around the world. That's right, we're teaming up our smartest scientists and medical professionals, arming them with the very best in technology, all in an effort to help the children who need it the most.

I'm proud that Dell is supporting the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) through large donations of computation equipment and professional services to enable the first genomic-based pediatric trials effort, designed to create personalized medicine and treatments. You can read more about this effort in a recent Dell news announcement New Research Computing Cluster for Childhood Cancer Ready to Help Fast-Track Targeted Treatments.

We also just produced a video that features some of the heros in this fight against pediatric cancer. The heros in the video include scientists, medical professionals, as well as IT professionals. In the video, they highlight how vitally important time is, in this battle to save a child's life. With these new HPC tools, data is being crunched, and analyzed, and decisions made, in hours or days, not weeks or months. You can view the video here Fighting pediatric cancer with high performance computing.

More information on this amazing initiative can be found below.

The Translational Genomics Research Institute
Neuroblastoma and Medulloblastoma Translational Research Consortium (NMTRC)

Christine Fronczak