The potential of parallel computing for locating primary care services

C. Teljeur, A. Kelly, I. Montoya
2005 CCGrid 2005. IEEE International Symposium on Cluster Computing and the Grid, 2005.  
This paper investigates the potential for grid and parallel computing for location-allocation modelling of health services. Previous work showed the potential for solving small scale location-allocation problems concerning hospitals within a grid or parallel computing environment [1] . In this study we look at a much larger problem and investigate how computation within a grid could facilitate a more in-depth understanding of the problem. Within the context of siting primary care services in
more » ... care services in Ireland, an algorithm and case study for a region within Ireland are presented. From the case study it can be seen that finding a nationwide solution is computationally intensive. It is also shown how spatial interaction modelling is readily parallelisable and that location-allocation modelling can be translated to a grid environment. The benefits of such an approach and how it might lead to more equitable service provision are also outlined.
doi:10.1109/ccgrid.2005.1558599 dblp:conf/ccgrid/TeljeurKM05 fatcat:ktz7ibghvrgf5kwptfnrocvcay