David Templeton | Apr. 30, 2013 | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Reducing the world impact of malaria, which infects 200 million and kills 600,000 people each year -- and mostly African children under the age of 5 -- remains a research and policy riddle.
One major problem is the massive amount of unorganized information and data about the infectious disease caused by a parasite that is spread by mosquito bites.
But now the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center and University of Notre Dame are coming to the rescue in a project to download the oceans of data into a cluster of computers that are programmed to organize data, analyze them and provide a user-friendly means to ask questions, develop strategies and mount an efficient, cost-effective strategy to reduce malaria's alarming death toll.