University of Wisconsin

A premier northern school with superior academics and research capabilities that are already acclaimed, University of Wisconsin nonetheless looks to gather more computing power for its researchers through public-private joint ventures with technology providers to meet the increased demand for managing data.

The Problem

The University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health looked to further advances in identifying and commercializing diagnostics and treatments for Alzheimer’s disease. With analytics solutions that are creating increased demand for powerful computer resources that can handle the data load, the school looked to team with an external vendor to create new ways to provide technology solutions to fuel research.

The school is in need of brawny computing power that can process the medical school’s Wisconsin Registry for Alzheimer’s Prevention (WRAP). The results of WRAP’s longitudinal study contains data on more than 1,500 people, divided into two groups: one with one or both parents suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, and another with parents lived to old age with no sign of Alzheimer’s or other serious memory problems.

The software’s power will handle the data collected by WRAP over a span of 15 to 20 years to be analyzed, making it potentially feasible to make inroads into the study of Alzheimer’s that wouldn’t have been possible.

The Solution

UW joined forces with Matrix integration to deliver an integrated software and hardware solution based on the Hewlett Packard Enterprise Moonshot server, a precision-engineered microserver that optimizes the performance of the Swoop-Med Discovery Platform and provides a balance of computing power and density for on-demand data processing. By leveraging the technology from the energy-efficient Digital Signal Processing (DSP) technology, Hewlett Packard Enterprise Moonshot provides high-speed internal connectivity, leading to swift, balanced computing, throughput and memory.

The Result

Researchers believe the additional computing prowess will help fuel advances in research in Alzheimer’s and dementia.

“The comparisons generated by this endeavor could help provide new clues as researchers continue to investigate new Alzheimer’s diagnostics and treatments. Today’s analytics solutions are fueling exponential demand for computer resources that can handle on demand data processing efficiently and economically.”

-Paul Santeler, Vice President and General Manager, Moonshot, HP.

The breakthroughs from this project will allow the commercialization of this state-funded research, providing funding and an impetus for additional investments to pave the way for other groundbreaking initiatives going forward.



  • School looked for analytics solutions to handle increased data needs in developing Alzheimer’s treatments.
  • Previous advances led to need for exponentially increased computational power.
  • Powerful new system can process data and create new pathways into Alzheimer’s research.

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