The new laboratory, called Tianhe-BGI Bioinformatics and Computing Joint Laboratory, is located in Binhai New Area of Tianjin, China. "Tianhe" denotes "Tianhe-1A", the second fastest supercomputer in the world achieving the speed of 2.57 petaflops/s, currently installed at NSCC-TJ. Based on the powerful computing capacity of NSCC-TJ and the profound experience of multi-omics research at BGI, this partnership will help to enhance the applications of Tianhe-1A and address many scientific challenges in life science.
Researchers from the two organisations will conduct an initial project on optimizing the pipeline of bioinformatics analysis and devote to developing much stronger bioinformatics tools and algorithm for quickly handling various biological questions that need massive calculation and analysis based on high-performance computing to dig out the inherents of life science from the flood of genomic data.
"In the next step, we will establish a comprehensive bioinformatics & computing platform based on Tianhe-1A. It will focus on the research and development of the high-performance software with higher efficiency, including standard analysis software, the analytical pipeline and tools for enormous data, among others", stated Guangming Liu, Director of CSCC-TJ. "We hope this new laboratory could greatly promote the applications of genomic technologies in agriculture, drug discovery and human health in Binhai New Area, and make more contributions to the society."
Professor Jian Wang, President of BGI, stated: "In the past, it took a year to conduct a project on the genomics association study of 500 human samples, but now with 'Tianhe', 3 hours is enough. We believe this will broaden the applications of Tianhe-1A in life science and greatly accelerate the development of frontier of science and technology."
In last September, BGI-Tianjin was founded in Tianjin Airport Economic Zone with the aim to build a genomics research centre and production base in North China for supporting the fields of public health care, medical treatment, bio-energy development, agricultural breeding and bio-resource conservation, among others.