The bioinformatics community is adopting novel cloud computing technologies to cope with the challenges set forth by complex data integration tasks and NGS data masses. The hackathon will focus on next challenges that cloud adoption poses: massively distributed data processing frameworks such as Hadoop, distributed cloud databases and distributed bioinformatics applications.

The event will continue from topics raised during the previous hackathon in March in Finland where we familiarised ourselves with the relevant questions of Hadoop based data processing and proceeded to benchmark different deployment scenarios, some bioinformatics tools and generic cloud computing tools.

The next steps are: proceeding into bioinformatics specific computational challenges (mapping, variant calling, etc.) and discussing the mechanisms that allow easy deployment of new tools into a cloud platform (CloudBioLinux, VM images, Chef, etc.).

The event is aimed at bioinformaticians and software developers who are using or planning to use Hadoop or similar cloud computing frameworks. It will be organised around practical problem solving and group work.
The event is organized by the EU COST Action SeqAhead (www.seqahead.eu), and kindly sponsored by UPPMAX (www.uppmax.uu.se) and eSSENCE (www.essenceofescience.se).
Organisers: Ola Spjuth, Aleksi Kallio, Eija Korpelainen.

Umeå: HPC2N Symposium — Inauguration of Abisko, May 31, 2012

Umeå University, May 31, 2012

High Performance Computing Center North cordially invites you to participate in the inauguration of Abisko, the new HPC2N supercomputer system. The morning program offers a tutorial and the afternoon program includes presentations by scientists using Abisko, state-of-the-art technical and R&D overviews and the formal inauguration of Abisko.

The procurement of Abisko was made possible through a grant from the Swedish National Metacenter VR/SNIC and the support of Umeå University.

Dead-line for registration: May 21 at 12.00.
There is no conference fee but remember that the number of seats for all events are limited, so register as soon as possible.

Most welcome!
Bo Kågström, HPC2N Director
Marianne Sommarin, Chairperson of the HPC2N Board

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