Utilising urgent computing to tackle the spread of mosquito-borne diseases

Nick Brown, Rupert Nash, Piero Poletti, Giorgio Guzzetta, Mattia Manica, Agnese Zardini, Markus Flatken, Jules Vidal, Charles Gueunet, Evgenij Belikov, Julien Tierny, Artur Podobas, Wei Der Chen, Stefano Markidis, Andreas Gerndt

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Abstract / Description of output

It is estimated that around 80% of the world's population live in areas susceptible to at-least one major vector borne disease, and approximately 20% of global communicable diseases are spread by mosquitoes. Furthermore, the outbreaks of such diseases are becoming more common and widespread, with much of this driven in recent years by socio-demographic and climatic factors. These trends are causing significant worry to global health organisations, including the CDC and WHO, and-so an important question is the role that technology can play in addressing them.

In this work we describe the integration of an epidemiology model, which simulates the spread of mosquito-borne diseases, with the VESTEC urgent computing ecosystem. The intention of this work is to empower human health professionals to exploit this model and more easily explore the progression of mosquito-borne diseases. Traditionally in the domain of the few research scientists, by leveraging state of the art visualisation and analytics techniques, all supported by running the computational workloads on HPC machines in a seamless fashion, we demonstrate the significant advantages that such an integration can provide. Furthermore we demonstrate the benefits of using an ecosystem such as VESTEC, which provides a framework for urgent computing, in supporting the easy adoption of these technologies by the epidemiologists and disaster response professionals more widely.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2021 IEEE/ACM HPC for Urgent Decision Making (UrgentHPC)
Place of PublicationSt. Louis, MO, USA
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-6654-1130-1
ISBN (Print)978-1-6654-1131-8
Publication statusPublished - 20 Dec 2021
EventThird international workshop on the use of HPC for urgent decision making - St. Louis, United States
Duration: 19 Nov 202119 Nov 2021


WorkshopThird international workshop on the use of HPC for urgent decision making
Abbreviated titleUrgentHPC 2021
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySt. Louis
Internet address

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • Mosquito-borne diseases
  • urgent computing
  • HPC
  • disease simulation
  • epidemiology


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