The human heart beats an average of 72 times per minute, circulating blood filled with all the oxygen, glucose, and amino acids necessary to keep our bodies functioning. While it’s basically a pump, it’s a complex one, full of flexible muscle fibers and blood vessels. Studying and treating the diseases that affect this vital organ has proven to be one of the many difficult problems facing doctors and researchers worldwide. At Intel, we’re committed to elevating the healthcare and research sectors’ computational abilities, and we’re happy to have our Intel® Xeon® family of processors help fight cardiovascular disease.
But how, you ask, can a processor help fight heart disease?
A Complex Simulation Problem
Cardiovascular disease remains the leading cause of death worldwide and, as such, is the subject of intensive research and treatment. The heart is one of the most complex organs to map computationally. And because of its involvement in nearly every aspect of the human body’s function, much of the research and information about the heart is spread across many different fields and research projects. To compound the difficulty, you can’t just pull a heart out to watch it work.
Dassault Systèmes wanted to address this problem and brought together an interdisciplinary team of experts to create the Living Heart Project. Its first completed project is the Living Heart Model (LHM), a realistic 3-D computational model of the human heart.
The LHM is an anatomically accurate model that’s built according to reliable and exacting physiological standards. It’s dynamic and responsive and allows researchers to explore the real processes of the human heart in real time, as well as the effects of various types of cardiovascular disease.
Here’s where the Intel® Xeon® E5-2600 v4 family of processors comes in.
Modeling Simply and Powerfully
LHM uses the SIMULIA suite of simulation software to effectively process and simulate the heart and its major blood vessels. The application is optimized for the Intel Xeon E5-2600 v4 product family, resulting in a performance improvement of up to 37 percent compared to the previous generation. Such an improvement can have a dramatic impact from a customer perspective — it can be the difference between life and death when it comes to the latest discovery or analysis of a patient’s heart. Optimizations across the core-level, node-level, and cluster-level contributed to the performance across the board.
SIMULIA* Abaqus 2016.0: e5 benchmark (blast-loaded plate). Testing by Intel, 1/22/2016.
BASELINE: Intel® Xeon® processor E5-2697 v3 (35 M Cache, 2.60 GHz) Grantley-EP (Wellsburg), 128 GB total memory, 16 slots / 8 GB / 2133 MT/s / DDR4 RDIMM, Intel® Solid State Drive Data Center Family, turbo on, on Red Hat Enterprise Linux* 6.4 kernel 2.6.32-358, Request Number: 1979.
NEW: Intel® Xeon® processor E5-2697 v4 on Grantley-EP (Wellsburg), 64 GB total memory, 8 slots / 8 GB / 2400 MT/s / DDR4 RDIMM, Intel® Solid-State Drive Data Center Family, turbo on, on Red Hat Enterprise Linux* 6.4 kernel 2.6.32-358, Request Number: 1979.