Computing for Biological Research

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.


 


Photo by Robert Jemimus (CC 2.0).

 

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