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High-performance computing can bring greater possibilities for Bangladesh

| Updated: February 01, 2021 19:52:51

High-performance computing can bring greater possibilities for Bangladesh

Computers are already doing a great job but what if the abilities of computers, especially high-performing computers, got even higher?

High-performance computing (HPC) can deliver accurate results of complex calculations than a typical desktop computer. It managed to exceedingly overcome the limitations regarding the COVID-19 outbreak.

HPC devices have been used for carrying out observatory surveys, which is very crucial for the second wave of coronavirus and the detection of new virus variants.

Bangladesh also needs more research works as fields are inter-related now. HPC would minimise the obstacles of researchers ensuring an easier way of analysis and developing interest for working with examinable studies among students.

Cardiovascular diseases are increasing at an alarming rate in Bangladesh. The HPC is apparently the most successful technology for the treatment of heart diseases.  

Not only that, the HPC can bring solutions to the toughest projects, starting from carcinogenic interpretations to genealogy, which usually takes a huge amount of time.

According to a study, a great source of high-performance computing is required for scientific research in chemicals and pharmaceuticals issues, climate forecasts and a few other areas. The example justifies that computational research work can show the most hopeful outcomes to solve a concurrent barrier.

Analysts working in biotechnology and computational biology sectors perform observational work that requires complex calculations. High-performance computing is beneficial for this tough job and Bangladeshi researchers can gain benefits from HPC as such device eases the heavy workload.

'The Sourcebook of Parallel Computing', a book on computation, states, "High-end computing is the beginning to make an impact on everyday life by providing more accurate, detailed, and trusted forecasts and predictions, even on human-dominated systems."

The medical sector seems to have gained more facilities from high-performance computing compared to other sectors across the world.

The COVID-19 pandemic had undoubtedly kept the medical division in a vulnerable position due to the number of fatalities and the spread of infection.

Japanese supercomputer ‘Fugaku’ developed the 3D model of coronavirus estimating its spreadability between three people, the distance between them, and highlighting the protective measures in preventing the virus.

Thus, scientists are getting visual help from the computer to analyse the parameters on the spread of coronavirus. The countries in East Asia have shown figurative development, and the use of computers is a reason behind that.

The pre-pandemic ways of solving critical problems -- like analysing health records, conducting tertiary level research work – were affected due to the closure of different institutions after detection of coronavirus. Parallel computing, a concept of HPC, can calculate and build dimensional models to give clear images in such situations. Big data models are constructed with parallel computing methods to ensure that the measurements are correct.

During the pandemic, it is difficult to get a flawless statistical outcome, like instant and scalable COVID-19 updates, through conducting a traditional survey as a huge number of people of our country could not be reached in-person.

For example, the government has launched a website, www.corona.gov.bd, to gather information from potential vaccine recipients.

High-performance computing (HPC) would be a blessing for many sectors of the country -- such as health, science, research – through fetching accurate outcomes for model analyses that hold predictions.  

The success of high-performance computing can open a new dimension for research and technology in the country.

Although designing a supercomputer capable of analysing data according to complex algorithms is painstaking, the output would boost the research work, improve the country in manifold sectors and make the country more self-reliant. That would bring greater possibilities for Bangladesh.

Sofia Noor is an engineering department student at East West University in Dhaka.

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