Video: John Trent | Dataseam’s value of providing computers to school classrooms
Wed, 03/21/2018 - 09:32
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Dataseam CEO Brian Gupton and UofL Brown Cancer Center Deputy Director, Dr. John Trent, discuss Dataseam’s value providing computers to school classrooms across Kentucky while delivering computer power to cancer researchers at UofL.

Dataseam is a relationship that puts computers in classrooms and more computer power behind the search for cancer cures. It’s a win-win for UofL Brown Cancer Center researchers and for the kids of Kentucky.

Thousands of Dataseam computers in Kentucky schools are linked together into a super computer called the DataseamGrid. Collectively the technology forms one of the largest computing devices in the world that powers research for new cancer treatments at UofL Brown Cancer Center. Scientists using the DataseamGrid have created the largest pipeline of potential new cancer therapy drugs in America.

These computers also provide powerful horsepower for researchers at UofL Brown Cancer Center to do structure based drug design to develop new chemotherapy treatments cost-effectively and at a fraction of the time.

It’s essentially a huge computer network being used to do research.

Dr. Trent said, “We take a target for cancer and use the computers to screen the molecules first – each computer in the Dataseam network gives power to screen the molecules and then we know which one to test within a matter of days. This gives us the information we need so we only test a hundred molecules instead of thousands.

“We farm out jobs to the computers, and each computer does its work. Then it comes back and gives us the information we need to tell us if we want to test the molecule.”

The computer power is then used to help target cancer drugs … and it works. A drug has been brought into clinic because of this.

Recently, the system helped target a particular gene in the “holy grail” molecule of cancer. Using the DataseamGrid over six months, a new potential treatment for cancer is being developed.

These computers also expand educational opportunities to students in eastern and Western Kentucky who wouldn’t have them otherwise. Since 2005, there have been 24,000 computers placed and currently there are more than 9,000 in schools right now. They all live on a common network in rural Kentucky schools.

In addition to providing opportunities for kids in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), the University of Louisville and Morehead State provides 4-year scholarships for these kids to go into STEM and STEM education, an important part of the workforce for Kentucky.

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