Big Data, Big Computation and the Genomic Jigsaw Puzzle
The human genome is made up of 3 billion base pairs. Reading the genome from a modern, high-speed sequencer is a lot like doing a big jigsaw puzzle. Computer Scientist, Assistant Professor Yanlei Diao (UMass Amherst) is leading a multi institution collaboration to develop next-generation, on-demand big computation services for managing and processing these massive amounts of genomic information.
Quantum Mechanics, Squishy Materials, and Extreme Photosynthesis
The MGHPCC seed fund is allowing Alfredo Alexander Katz (Material Science, MIT) and Alán Aspuru-Guzik (Quantum Chemistry, Harvard) to combine computational techniques from materials science with computational thinking from quantum chemistry. In this video Alfredo and Alán describe more about their research.
Massachusetts research universities are world leaders in computational research for physical science, life science, computer science and many other disciplines. In the past research had taken place within individual universities and had been limited by the capacity of their respective campuses. The MGHPCC is providing a path to grow university research computing significantly beyond what is possible in the Commonwealth and in New England today.
The MGHPCC Seed Grant Program
In the past two years, the MGHPCC Consortium has run seed grant programs to stimulate novel collaborative research activities addressing significant HPC challenges. Research seed projects typically address large, complex problems, that are beyond any single academic institution or discipline. Since its inception these have included applications in the life, environment, health, natural and social sciences as well as mathematics. The program also sponsors workshops intended to promote and build on collaborations within the local research community.