02 Jul Medical College releases HPC Cluster for biotech research
Developers at the Medical College of Wisconsin Proteomics Center recently announced the release of the Virtual Proteomics Data Analysis Cluster, a proteomics data analysis tool that runs on Amazon’s EC2 and S3 services. Users simply log into their EC2 accounts to start up their own personal copies of ViPDAC server, select a set of preconfigured analysis parameters or create their own, choose a data file type, and submit their job. Results can be stored on S3 or downloaded to the user’s desktop. Other signs of interest in high performance cloud computing include the National Science Foundation’s $5 million in grant funding allowing 14 universities to participate in the IBM/Google Cloud Computing University Initiative, a partnership that kicked off in 2007 to get up-and-coming computer science students familiar with cloud technology. In late April of this year, Amazon announced that it would start accepting grant applications for cloud computing projects and would provide researchers with free access to its services as a reward.
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