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Training the Trainers: High-Performance Computing Tutorial for Computational Science Professionals Collaborating with Biologists

Meeting dates: March 16-18, 2009

Tutorial description
This NIMBioS High Performance Computing (HPC) Tutorial focused on disseminating the tools necessary for organizations and individuals to leverage computational resources for research at the interface of biological/computational/mathematical research. Knowledgeable computational science individuals who may be HPC novices were invited to attend with the goal of enhancing their institutions' capabilities to leverage HPC resources.

Topics:
TeraGrid resources
Visualization and storage
Queue and submission management
Constraints and benefits of different parallelization approaches
Computational biology resources
MATLAB distributed computing toolbox
Case studies in use of HPC in computational/integrative biology

Leadership Team:
Michael Berry, Dept. of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, UTK
Jim Ferguson, National Institute for Computational Sciences, UTK/ORNL
Mike Langston, Dept. of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, UTK

Evaluation report (PDF)

Products

Publications

Abu-Khzam FN, Fernau H, Langston MA, Lee-Cultura S, Stege U. 2011. Charge and reduce: A fixed-parameter algorithm for string-to-string correction. Discrete Optimization, 8(1):41-49. [Online]

Abu-Khzam FN, Fernau H, Langston MA, Lee-Cultura S, Stege U. 2010. A fixed-parameter algorithm for string-to-string correction. Published Collection, Proceedings of Computing: the Australasian Theory Symposium, Brisbane, Australia.

Presentations (alphabetically, in reverse chronological order)

Abu-Khzam FN, Fernau H, Langston MA, Lee-Cultura S, Stege U. 2010. A fixed-parameter algorithm for string-to-string correction. Proceedings of Computing: the Australasian Theory Symposium, Brisbane, Australia.

Langston M. June 2009. Generating exact solutions to difficult combinatorial problems on extremely large graphs using out-of-core techniques. TeraGrid 09, Arlington, VA.

Langston M. June 2009. High-throughput computation can help identify key molecular problems on extremely large graphs using out-of-core techniques. Invited talk, Congress of the European Academy of Allergology and Clinical Immunology, Warsaw, Poland.

Langston M, et al. May 2009. Characterizing the gut microbiome in relation to host intestinal mRNA in collaborative cross progenitors. Research presentations at Complex Trait Community Annual Meeting, Manchester, UK.

Langston M, et al. May 2009. Extracting and validating gene-phenotype association networks using the ontological discovery environment. Research presentations at Complex Trait Community Annual Meeting, Manchester, UK.

Education

Banks D. 2011-2012. Undergraduate Course Offering: COSC 462 Parallel Programming. University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN.

Software, Data, and/or Websites

Berry M, Day J, Franklin M, Ganusov V, Koessler D, Martin J, Reardon C, Rempe C, Srinivasan S. 2012. Online Tutorial: Python for Biologists. [Online]


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