Using the Sierra Supercomputer to Explore the Mechanism of a Vicious Cancer

Fred Streitz of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) leads efforts to develop supercomputer applications that address forefront scientific problems by pushing the limits of leadership-class computing. He is also director of LLNL’s High-Performance Computing Innovation Center (HPCIC), where he develops and strengthens collaborations with academic and industrial partners. Further, he is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and a two-time winner of the Gordon Bell Prize for significant achievement in supercomputing.

Fred Streitz of Lawrence Livermore National LaboratoryAt the SC18 supercomputing conference in Dallas, he gave a talk in the US Department of Energy booth on the topic “Machine Learning and Predictive Simulation: HPC and the US Cancer Moonshot on Sierra.” As a guest on the Exascale Computing Project podcast, he provides an overview and some insights from his booth talk.

Chat Notes

Delving into a particular type of cancer [1:39]

RAS protein mutation: a hallmark of some of the most vicious cancers [2:01]

Using the Sierra supercomputer in partnership with the National Cancer Institute to understand RAS protein behavior in a lipid [3:39]

The purpose of this project [4:12]

Initial exploration of some of computing’s forefront workflow challenges [5:06]

Experimentation and simulation with machine learning in the middle [6:53]

Using machine learning to optimize decision-making [9:25]

The project deliverable [12:06]