Working Group 5: High Performance Computing, Computational Issues and Algorithms

Working Group Lead: Michela Taufer,

Goals and Objectives:

Working Group 5 is part of the Interagency Modeling and Analysis Group (IMAG) consortium . The goal of this working group is to discuss aspects related to high-performance computing, computational issues and algorithms that are common to our different projects funded within the Multiscale Modeling Initiative.

This working group is also linked with Working Group 8 Theoretical Methods, and Working Group 9 NanoBiosystems.

Working Group 5 Participants


Friday November 20, 2009 11:30-12:30pm ET


Peter Coveney (Virtual Physiological Human NoE, University College London),
Shantenu Jha (CCT & Computer Science, Louisiana State University),
Daniel Katz (TeraGrid GIG Director of Science, University of Chicago & Argonne National Laboratory),

TITLE: Applications of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure to Biology

ABSTRACT - We will introduce and explain the TeraGrid and discuss opportunities advanced cyberinfrastructure provides for computational research in the Biological Sciences. We will discuss an ongoing project that links up the cyberinfrastructure infrastructure of the TeraGrid with its partner in Europe. We will also discuss how this interoperabilty project ties into the EU Virtual Physiological Human project and related efforts.



Call for Papers

HiCOMB 2009 - Eighth IEEE International Workshop on High Performance Computational Biology

Paper Submission Deadline: November 30, 2008, 11:59pm EST (Extended Deadline)

Held in conjunction with IPDPS-09: 23rd IEEE Intl Parallel and Distributed Processing Symposium, May 25-29, 2009, Rome, Italy 

Conference webpage:


Past Events

February 24, 2007: The IBM initiative World Community Grid. 

Discussion topics: The World Community Grid's mission is to create the largest public computing grid benefiting humanity. Currently this IBM initiative provides idle cycles from volunteer's computers for several biomedical projects such as: the genome comparison project, the help cure muscular dystrophy project, the help defeat cancer project, the human proteome folding, and the fightAIDS@Home project. We will review the achievements of this IBM initiative and address questions such as how can a project join this initiative? Speaker Viktors Berstis (IBM). Other members of the initiative will join the meeting and will answer your questions.

February 5, 2007: Using volunteer computing, i.e., BOINC, for large scale simulations.

Discussion topiccs: What does it mean to use the idle time of home computers (i.e., Windows, Mac, or Linux machines) to cure diseases, study global warming, discover pulsars, and do many other types of scientific research? What are the main challenges in installing a system in your lab that deploys volunteer's idle cycles? Speaker: David Anderson (UC Berkeley).

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