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Glaucoma Sufferers to Benefit From Supercomputer.

University of Melbourne (08/10/10) O’Neill, Emma

The Victorian Life Sciences Computation Initiative (VLSCI), led by researchers at the University of Melbourne, will use the IBM Blue Gene supercomputer’s large-scale processing capacity to conduct computer simulations of eye tests that assess the whole field of vision. The researchers say the results could lead to the development of faster and more accurate vision tests. “Currently these take days on a standard computer, but with Blue Gene we can do them in minutes, allowing even more complex approaches to be evaluated,” says Melbourne professor Andrew Turpin. He notes that current clinical tests of the vision field are highly variable, and adds that a reliable determination of whether vision is deteriorating due to glaucoma can take several years. “Our novel combination of data from both images of the optic nerve, and our new visual field testing strategies, will hopefully markedly reduce this time,” Turpin says.

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