In conjunction with its participation in the Plant and Animal Genome Conference (PAG XXI), NCGAS announced three initiatives to accelerate US public and private sector research and development in biology and biomedical research:
"Our partnership with the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center - paired with Penguin On-Demand resources and optimized software - will help NCGAS expand services to the US research community in important new ways", stated Craig Stewart, dean for IU Research Technologies, executive director of PTI and principal investigator on the NCGAS grant award.
William Barnett, NCGAS director, added: "It's exciting to think of the breakthroughs to come in the years ahead as we continue to provide tools and services to genome researchers, enabling innovative and potentially transformative genomics research."
Led by PTI, NCGAS is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to help researchers retrieve useful biological information from the vast amounts of sequence data generated by research programmes. Only in its second year, the centre has already served hundreds of researchers and dozens of research projects. NCGAS is making its public debut at the Plant and Animal Genome conference - one of the world's largest conferences dedicated to genome science.
Its latest initiatives further the centre's mission to provide researchers with better bioinformatics support, freeing them to concentrate on the science surrounding their genomics projects - as opposed to their technology needs. Working with NCGAS also gives researchers access to powerful high performance computers and networks, improving the speed and quality of genome assemblies.
"The partnership between NCGAS and the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center will significantly extend the capability of researchers to perform challenging genomic analyses", stated Phil Blood, senior scientific specialist at PSC. "Researchers using PSC resources have immediately benefited from NCGAS' work and are currently running a previously intractable set of large-scale Trinity assemblies on our 16 TB SGI UV system, Blacklight - the world's largest coherent shared memory platform."