Description:Grid-based international network for flu observation
Abstract:Among the biggest challenges from emerging infectious diseases, is the relation to early detection and surveillance of the diseases, as new cases can appear anywhere. This is due to the globalization of exchanges and the circulation of people and animals around the world, as recently demonstrated by the avian flu epidemics. An international collaboration of research teams in Europe and Asia has been exploring some innovative in silico approaches to better tackle flu, taking advantage of the very large computing resources available on international Grid infrastructures. Based on current H1N1 pandemic example, it is expected to have an impact by adding a new weapon to researchers arsenal: the grid.
Existing data sources have been integrated towards a global surveillance network for molecular epidemiology, based on Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) and Grid technologies. The idea is to dynamically analyze the molecular biology data, made available on public databases using computing, storage and automatic updating services offered by grid technology.