Scientists from Nizhny Novgorod created virtual human clone on supercomputer “Lobachevsky”


The scientists used more than 50 million options to create a computer model of a heart.

The scientists from Lobachevsky State University of Nizhny Novgorod (UNN) created a virtual human clone on a supercomputer. It was made to help physicians, as now they can model a preliminary optimal treatment for their patients.

According to Victor Gergel, the Director of the Institute of Information Technology, Mathematics and Mechanics of the UNN, “using a supercomputer we designed a virtual model of the human body up to its vessels”. For instance, as Gergel informed, just to create a computer model of the heart they used more than 50 million options. Now physicians without surgical intervention can “examine the body from the outside, and if necessary go inside the human body to examine in detail every organ,” said the scientist.

Moreover, he specified, the scientists can “adjust” a virtual clone to any particular patient, considering his physiological characteristics.

According to the UNN Deputy Head of the Faculty of Computing Mathematics and Cybernetics Grigory Osipov, physicians can analyze various treatment options for a patient on a computer. “No one can conduct such experiments on a living person, but we can examine and choose the most appropriate treatment, using a computer,” he stated.

As the scientists admit, the creation of a virtual human clone is a very difficult task and a huge computing experiment that could have been performed only by a supercomputer. “Lobachevsky” started working at the university in 2014. Its peak efficiency is about 600 teraflops; one teraflop is one trillion operations per second, suffice it to say the computer can produce thousand times more operations per second than a typical personal computer. “Lobachevsky” was included into the Top-3 of supercomputers that work at Russian universities and into the Top-100 of the most powerful supercomputers in the world. It is the second most powerful computer in Russia (the first one is its analogue at Moscow State University).

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