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July 11, 2013

OSU in Tulsa researchers complete first project on Tandy Community Supercomputer

Researchers from Oklahoma State University in Tulsa were the first to utilize the new Tandy Community Supercomputer in Tulsa, crunching data in minutes rather than hours or days.

Dr. Brek Wilkins, a post-doctoral research associate at OSU Center for Health Sciences, used the supercomputer on July 3 to refine a software technology he has developed as a result of his dissertation research to predict the onset of heart attacks.

The supercomputer is able to conduct calculations at a rate more than 100 times faster than a desktop computer. For Wilkins, that meant computations that normally take 20-30 minutes were finished in less than a minute. Wilkins was also able to complete calculations from 24-hr EKG data that were impossible on his desktop computer in about five minutes with the Tandy supercomputer. 

"The supercomputer will help in initial stages of our research projects where large amounts of data storage and processing are needed. But what's most exciting is the ability to use the Tandy supercomputer to help us refine OSU-CHS research at more advanced stages and turn it into commercial technologies that individuals can use," said Wilkins, whose laboratory is housed at the OSU-Tulsa Helmerich Research Center. "For example, we'll be able to refine our research that highlights the link between sleep apnea and diseases such as hypertension, heart disease and stroke to a point where it can be included in the at-home sleep apnea monitor we are developing."

OSU-Tulsa and OSU Center for Health Sciences President Howard Barnett praised the researchers for taking a lead role in utilizing the supercomputer for research activities that will have a lasting impact on the state's economy.

"The researchers at OSU Center for Health Sciences and OSU-Tulsa are leading the way on innovative projects that have the potential to impact all of us in everyday applications," said Barnett. "We are committed to applied research that will have direct impact in Oklahoma and to be able to utilize the supercomputer to speed up the timelines on our scientific endeavors."

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