Although I’m not a medical professional, I am interested in using computers to facilitate solving medical problems.
You may have heard about the Folding at Home program. They study protein folding by successively calculating how a protein proceeds to be manipulated according to scientific principles. The calculation is done step-by-step, or in serial. Contrasted to this is more "parallel" calculations, in which many combinations are analyzed at the same time. For instance, we could inquire as to which compound(s) bind to a particular protein. There may be a million or more different combinations that can occur. If we more compounds are added to this this compound, there may be a million new combinations that bond to each and every of the previous million combinations, for a total of a million times a million combinations. If we continue adding to this structure, we will have a million * a million * a million * etc...
I was wondering if anyone has fit some medical questions into this type of "parallel" computation. My motivation comes from studying this type of calculation from a computing standpoint, and I wonder what types of problems might fit into this framework. I'm really hoping that there will be many medical problems that fit this type of "parallelism", but I don't know medicine/biology very well. Any help, such as ideas, papers, or even people that I could talk with about this would be greatly appreciated. I am really just looking for someone to point me in the right direction. Please forgive me if I am being overbroad, but it seems like this is the one good place where I can reach an expert who can point me in the right direction.
I'm looking for any projects like this, new or old.