The project demonstrates to the key industrial players that a new 3-dimensional-modelling method offers significant improvements in the diagnosis of heart disease. The resulting system prototype produces 3-dimensional heart models out of X-ray image sequences that were acquired during an angiocardiographic radioscopy under routine clinical conditions. The technical features of this system are: modelling of a contrast enhanced heart chamber or a coronary vessel from a series of rotational angiocardiographic projections stored on medical compact discs read only memory(CDROM) or as video signal; 3-dimensional visualization of the modelled anatomical structure from an arbitrary point of view; calculation of the blood volume in the heart chamber. The main technical tasks of this project are: porting the already developed 3-dimensional modelling algorithm on to a high performance parallel hardware platform; optimizing the system's performance and usability; demonstrating and validating the capabilities of a complete system under clinical conditions. The result opens new markets for manufactures of X-ray angiographers, upgrading and supplementing their products with this new add-on system and making this acquisition technique the golden standard for diagnosis and treatment planning in cardiology. Currently the prototype is being used by leading cardiologists.
Based on a detailed user specifications analysis an intelligent decision support system (I-DSS) has been designed with the aim of providing effective decision support for daily operations. Impact analysis carried out offers general guidelines for the initial investment in such a system. The potential market is small and medium sized enterprises (SME) with complex decision-making processes that are based on the evaluation of a lot of quantitative parameters (eg exchange rates, stock availability, precise costing, production planning). Key technical achievements of the result are the integration of high performance computing and networking (HPCN) technology through clusters of workstations that are available even in small size SMEs and a methodological approach based on modular systems theory for the development of the business models. The major benefit through the use of the I-DSS system is an increase in profitability through the optimization of the most important financial decision-making processes. Impact analysis in the pilot user SME shows that at least a 5 % cut in expenses can be achieved (conservative scenario) and a range of 10-15 % is realistic. Important indirect benefits are also expected and mainly they come from the development of a 'clean' data warehouse that can provide very useful insights into the company operation even with the use of simple techniques such as visualization and simple statistics.
The D A VI D. project integrates high performance computing (HPC) and high performance networking (HPN) technologies into new tools and services, already available or currently being introduced on to the market. The introduction of HPCN in the European audio visual production industry in the form of HPN connections between facilities offers multiple benefits to companies fighting to stay competitive in a global market against competition from outside the European Union. D A VI D, conducted by a user driven consortium, demonstrates these benefits by establishing an integrated networked working environment between the participating users. Baseline projects, with direct relation to real-life commercial activities, allow all phases of content development and creation to be undertaken in the audio visual production field. This includes communications, conferencing and decision making. This integration results in significant savings in time and resources compared to traditional methods of communication and interaction, thus resulting in considerable competitive benefits.