More and more data are being created and collected every day, and post-digital healthcare organizations want to use the insights that come from it – thus driving demands for greater computing capabilities.
Increasingly the answer to this massive data conundrum is found in HPC, or supercomputing. A combination of graphics processing units (GPUs), application-specific integrated circuits (ASICs) and other purpose-built chips are starting to push HPC capabilities to new thresholds and benchmarks previously thought to be decades away – an acceleration that is rapidly making these capabilities mission-critical for healthcare organizations everywhere.
While HPC may be more familiar, there’s another class of technology reshaping what enterprises can do. Biology-inspired compute takes advantage of the most mature systems in the world: nature. There are two subdivisions to this class: biomimicry, or systems that draw inspiration from biological processes, and bio-compute, which are systems that directly utilize biological processes to perform computational functions.
HPC and bio-inspired compute won’t be the only tools digital healthcare organizations need to execute on their future ambitions, however. While they are immensely powerful, HPC machines are still “just” classical computers, and bio-inspired compute is “just” a new approach to similar problems. The single biggest watershed moment for computing will be when quantum computers solve the healthcare problems that were considered quite literally intractable – making the impossible possible.