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[Conference News] Cardiac Simulation Achieves Groundbreaking Resolution of 0.1 mm

A group of researchers from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center in the US and the IBM Research Collaboratory for Life Sciences in Australia have developed an efficient, scalable cardiac electrophysiology simulation capability that supports the groundbreaking resolution of 0.1 mm. The resolution is comparable to the size of cardiac cells and enables scientific inquiry not previously possible.

In a paper presented at the 2012 International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage, and Analysis (SC12), the researchers demonstrate the model’s power by illuminating the subtle arrhythmogenic mechanisms of anti-arrhythmic drugs that paradoxically increase arrhythmias in some patient populations.

Toward Real-Time Modeling of Human Heart Ventricles at Cellular Resolution: Simulation of Drug-Induced Arrhythmias” and other papers from SC12 are available to both IEEE Computer Society members and paid subscribers via the Computer Society Digital Library.

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