August 22, 2013
The National Center for Genome Analysis Support (NCGAS) at Indiana University has expanded its services to help biologists use high-performance computing, NCGAS’ manager announced at a July 23 presentation at the XSEDE13 conference in San Diego.
“Everybody has some computing skills,” said Richard LeDuc. “But when we get to these really high levels of skills” required for intensive bioinformatics, “they’re rarer and rarer.” NCGAS, he explained, exists to give biologists an entrée into the field at every level.
NCGAS is funded by the National Science Foundation and is a collaboration across Indiana University, Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC), the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC), and the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC). On the day of LeDuc’s presentation, NCGAS announced it was providing users with:
Other NCGAS resources LeDuc described included:
LeDuc stressed that NCGAS offers users support at any level required. “Most projects … need very little help from us,” he said. “All they need are big computers and resources to run their analyses.”
Some researchers, though, need to enter bioinformatics at the ground level: “Other biologists don’t have anybody to provide HPC support,” he said, and NCGAS, thanks to its bioinformatics expertise, can fill the need. In one oceanography project, for example, NCGAS was able to provide genomic analysis and annotations for researchers who lacked the bioinformatic background to do this on their own.
The annual XSEDE conference, organized by the National Science Foundation’s Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (xsede.org) with the support of corporate and non-profit sponsors, brings together the extended community of individuals interested in advancing research cyberinfrastructure and integrated digital services for the benefit of science and society. XSEDE13 was held July 22-25 in San Diego; XSEDE14 will be held July 13-18 in Atlanta.
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