At the same time, the supercomputer system means that Danish health scientists get more opportunities to incorporate their patients' genetic data in long-term research that aims to improve treatments for the benefit of future patients. The system's capacity facilitates large-scale research projects within the field of Personalised Medicine. The research projects are expected to lead to new scientific breakthroughs that – in time – will help strengthen our ability to treat patients efficiently. For example, the new databases that are being built to make it possible to map the individual patient's genetic profile and use that knowledge actively in the specific treatment plan. It is safe to say that the initiative is a pioneering step that enables better and more coordinated interaction between patient and research, which is essential for the successful development of Personalised Medicine.
The supercomputer is a massive display of processing power. It has to be, since a complete digitised genetic profile for just one human being takes up between 100 and 200 GB. In relative terms, that is roughly the same as a pile of filled-out papers the height of the Round Tower in Copenhagen. The computer is extremely strong because it needs to go through enormous amounts of data to find unique patient genomes and genome variants that can either lead to disease or increased risk. Although our genetic material does not take up much room inside our cells, it does contain incredible amounts of information.