Victorian researchers using this supercomputer facility have access to a powerful tool to help them solve some of the biggest challenges facing the State’s health system and impacting on our quality of life. Life scientists and computer scientists are forming exciting collaborations to improve diagnostics, find new drug targets, refine treatments and further our understanding of the major diseases affecting our community: cancer, epilepsy, genetic disorders, infectious diseases and eye disease, among others. The collaboration with IBM further enhances Victoria’s reputation as a global centre for excellence in life sciences research capabilities. Read more about Victoria's Technology Plan for the Future - Biotechnology.
Over May/June 2012, VLSCI's Peak Computing Facility had four racks of the IBM Blue Gene/Q supercomputer installed as part of the Stage 2 upgrade, delivering petascale computing for Life Science researchers in Victoria. The upgrade also includes other add-ons to existing systems. Follow this exciting progress via link in image above.
Scaling-up life science research to operate on high performance computers cannot be realised without sound technical and scientific advice and collaboration. Facility staff, Life Science Computation Centre staff and IBM Research Collaboratory for Life Sciences, Melbourne experts provide these services, along with formal training and documentation.