November 4, 2014
Neuroimaging research data that would take over one-and-a-half years to process on a single-core computer system now takes less than 24 hours with UF’s HiPerGator and its big data processing capabilities.
The Cognitive Aging and Memory Clinical Translational Research Program (CAM-CTRP) in the UF Institute on Aging used the power of HiPerGator to process 566 human brain scans from a study looking at the influence of HIV on the brain. The CAM-CTRP group, led by researchers Ron Cohen and Adam Woods, will use the analysis to contribute to the development of the NIH-funded ENIGMA project, a neuroimaging consortium comprised of more than 70 institutions worldwide.
On a computer system with a single-processing core, the brain scans would take 13,584 hours to process, or a little over one-and-a-half years. If performed on a four-core computer system, the process would take about five months to complete. With HiPerGator, the process was completed in only 17 hours, enabling researchers to quickly further their understanding of the effects of HIV on the brain.