The Biology IT group supports two kinds of high-performance computation.
Some computational problems require the many processors of a cluster, where a problem is sliced up into many smaller bits and executed in parallel. We maintain biocrunch, a shared computing resource for those not yet ready to make the jump to Iowa State's cluster.
Other problems, such as assembling a genome from short reads, require few processors but a large amount of memory. For that we have bigram, a machine dedicated to a small number of memory-intensive jobs.