Genome research on TeraGrid

With the announcement of a $24 million award to create the Community Cyberinfrastructure for Advanced Marine Microbial Ecology Research and Analysis (CAMERA), the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation is establishing a new computational infrastructure to explore marine microbial genome sequencing. The effort establishes the UCSD - Venter Institute partnership, which is charged with CAMERA development. CAMERA will leverage the already established TeraGrid HPC computing facility and create a link between the two partners via the OptIPuter model of high-performance, computational collaboration.

The OptIPuter was described briefly back in the Introduction of the May 2005 issue of the CTWatch Quarterly. As a first real test case for this collaboratory model, it will be interesting to see how the effort progresses. We’ll check in with Larry Smarr, the PI on both CAMERA and OptIPuter, later in the year. More info on the OptIPuter project can be found in this article from R&D Magazine.

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