NIMBioS Initiates Campus Collaborations on Big Data

NIMBioS Director Louis Gross kicks off the “Big Data” meeting, a cross-collaborative effort at UT to initiate new projects associated with computational science.

UT faculty, postdocs and scientific staff interested in the computational challenges associated with “big data” gathered for pizza lunch at NIMBioS today to brainstorm ideas for new collaborations. Representatives from NIMBioS, the Computational Geography Group, the Innovative Computing Laboratory, and the Remote Data Analysis and Visualization Center (RDAV) attended the meeting.

The effort was spurred by a new National Science Foundation supplement awarded in July to NIMBioS, in collaboration with RDAV. The supplement, which totals $200,000, will help fund efforts within NIMBioS and RDAV to develop new high performance computing simulation and data analysis for biology.

Today’s meeting was an effort to foster new ideas about how those interested in computational science at UT might collaborate. Examples of computational challenges include issues surrounding the classification of metadata, data storage, and how to describe data workflows. NIMBioS Director Louis Gross and NIMBioS HPC Specialist Eric Carr kicked off the meeting by sharing details about the new NIMBioS-RDAV collaboration, as well as their report from a recent NSF-hosted meeting they attended about cyber-infrastructure challenges facing national biology centers like NIMBioS.

NIMBioS and RDAV collaborated previously when they developed and hosted the 2010 tutorial, “Migration from the Desktop: HPC application of R and other codes for biological research.”

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