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Primeur weekly 2017-01-30

Exascale supercomputing

Co-design centres to help make next-generation exascale computing a reality ...

Quantum computing

Supercool electrons ...

D-Wave announces D-Wave 2000Q quantum computer and first system order ...

Temporal Defense Systems purchases the first D-Wave 2000Q quantum computer ...

Fast track control accelerates switching of quantum bits ...

Focus on Europe

Bright Computing teams up with SGI to co-sponsor UK HPC & Big Data event ...

When life sciences become data sciences ...

PRACE Spring School 2017 - HPC for Life Sciences, registration is open ...

ITER and BSC tighten their collaboration to simulate the process of fusion power generation ...

Netherlands eScience Center to issue annual report ...

Middleware

BSC releases PyCOMPSs version 2.0 as a PIP installable package ...

Hardware

RSC gets the highest Elite status in the Intel Solutions for Lustre Reseller Programme ...

Finding a needle in the ocean ...

GIGABYTE selects Cavium QLogic 10/25GbE FastLinQ technology to power its next generation servers ...

Setting up light paths using the SURFnet Network Dashboard ...

Minerva will calculate gravitational waves faster than the Albert Einstein Institute's previous supercomputer ...

Applications

Big Brother will have some difficulty 'watching you' in future ...

Engineers eat away at Ms. Pac-Man score with artificial player ...

Mummy visualization impresses in computer journal ...

Berkeley launches RISELab, enabling computers to make intelligent real-time decisions ...

Model sheds light on inhibitory neurons' computational role ...

Using Big Data to understand immune system responses ...

Artificial intelligence uncovers new insight into biophysics of cancer ...

PPPL scientist uncovers physics behind plasma-etching process ...

Computer-aided drug design ...

IBM expands choices for PowerAI developers with TensorFlow ...

Hussein Aluie awarded hours on supercomputer at Argonne ...

CWI develops algorithms that shorten response time of ambulance ...

A rising peptide: Supercomputing helps scientists come closer to tailoring drug molecules ...

The Cloud

Oracle expands Startup Accelerator Programme to further promote global Cloud innovation ...

Technical computing hub UberCloud receives funding from Earlybird ...

When life sciences become data sciences


Björn Grüning (left), head of the Freiburg Galaxy team, and Rolf Backofen, Professor of Bioinformatics at the University of Freiburg. Photo: Patrick Seeger.
27 Jan 2017 Freiburg - The University of Freiburg has set up infrastructure and services to support researchers across Europe in the fields of biology, medicine, and pharmacy with the analysis of very large data sets. The team led by Rolf Backofen, Professor of Bioinformatics at the Faculty of Engineering, has been coordinating the High Performance Computing Center since 2015. The centre receives sponsorship of some 5.8 million euro from the German Ministry of Education and Research and is now being expanded into a Europe-wide service. This places the group at the forefront of networks in Germany and across Europe.

"The interests of our users are paramount", stated Rolf Backofen. "It is our aim to enable them to use powerful computers with the help of a simple-to-use online platform, so that they can analyze their data independently." The team gives researchers access not only to the mainframe, they also provide advice and workshops - all free of charge and on an open-source basis.

At the University of Freiburg, the focus is on the Galaxy Project, which arose as part of the collaborative research centre "Medical Epigenetics". It was originally an online platform developed at Penn State University in the US, giving researchers the use of high-performance computing for their work. "The researchers upload their data and can then apply various analysis tools to it, or combine them, alter the parameters, change the data into the necessary format, and much more - all on one platform", Rolf Backofen explained. The ease of use is a major plus: Instead of developing programmes as is usual in informatics, users can adjust all the settings for data analysis easily via a graphic control panel in their web browser.

Current methods for examining cell functions, for example in genomic research, produce vast data sets. Bioinformatics provides the toolkit with which researchers can process this data. RNA bioinformatics is one important focus of this research in Freiburg. Research in recent years has shown that ribonucleic acid or RNA plays a bigger role than previously thought: Along with the task of translating genetic information into proteins, RNA participates in all the cell's key processes. The University of Freiburg's RNA Bioinformatics Center is one of eight such facilities in the German Network for Bioinformatics Infrastructure (de.NBI), which is sponsored by the German Education and Research Ministry. Rolf Backofen and his team are working with the University's IT centre in the project: That is where the high-performance computer NEMO is; and it has received a special bioinformatics-oriented extension with recent funding.

Since August 2016 the German Network for Bioinformatics Infrastructure overall has become a hub for the European Network for Bioinformatics Infrastructure ELIXIR. Rolf Backofen is one of its leading coordinators. Now Freiburg researchers are able to provide their service across Europe.

Rolf Backofen is a member of the collaborative research centres "Medical Epigenetics" and "Development, function and potential of myeloid cells in the central nervous system" as well as an associated member of the Freiburg excellence cluster, BIOSS Center for Biological Signalling Studies.

Source: Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg

Back to Table of contents

Primeur weekly 2017-01-30

Exascale supercomputing

Co-design centres to help make next-generation exascale computing a reality ...

Quantum computing

Supercool electrons ...

D-Wave announces D-Wave 2000Q quantum computer and first system order ...

Temporal Defense Systems purchases the first D-Wave 2000Q quantum computer ...

Fast track control accelerates switching of quantum bits ...

Focus on Europe

Bright Computing teams up with SGI to co-sponsor UK HPC & Big Data event ...

When life sciences become data sciences ...

PRACE Spring School 2017 - HPC for Life Sciences, registration is open ...

ITER and BSC tighten their collaboration to simulate the process of fusion power generation ...

Netherlands eScience Center to issue annual report ...

Middleware

BSC releases PyCOMPSs version 2.0 as a PIP installable package ...

Hardware

RSC gets the highest Elite status in the Intel Solutions for Lustre Reseller Programme ...

Finding a needle in the ocean ...

GIGABYTE selects Cavium QLogic 10/25GbE FastLinQ technology to power its next generation servers ...

Setting up light paths using the SURFnet Network Dashboard ...

Minerva will calculate gravitational waves faster than the Albert Einstein Institute's previous supercomputer ...

Applications

Big Brother will have some difficulty 'watching you' in future ...

Engineers eat away at Ms. Pac-Man score with artificial player ...

Mummy visualization impresses in computer journal ...

Berkeley launches RISELab, enabling computers to make intelligent real-time decisions ...

Model sheds light on inhibitory neurons' computational role ...

Using Big Data to understand immune system responses ...

Artificial intelligence uncovers new insight into biophysics of cancer ...

PPPL scientist uncovers physics behind plasma-etching process ...

Computer-aided drug design ...

IBM expands choices for PowerAI developers with TensorFlow ...

Hussein Aluie awarded hours on supercomputer at Argonne ...

CWI develops algorithms that shorten response time of ambulance ...

A rising peptide: Supercomputing helps scientists come closer to tailoring drug molecules ...

The Cloud

Oracle expands Startup Accelerator Programme to further promote global Cloud innovation ...

Technical computing hub UberCloud receives funding from Earlybird ...