Biology has become a large-scale data-driven science that requires extensive computational resources. The University of Illinois performs world-leading research in high-performance scientific computing and in genomic and environmental biology. Working at the interface between the two disciplines, and poised at the technological cutting edge, HPCBio was created to address the need for a structure that could supply infrastructure, user support and training, and R&D capability in computational genomics to the Illinois research community. HPCBio provides a single, straightforward point of access, open to researchers from all campus units, helping them to find solutions to their biomedical data management and analysis problems.
HPCBio is a collaborative effort between multiple partners in the University community. It is administratively attached to the Roy J. Carver Biotechnology Center, and incorporates the Center’s Bioinformatics Unit. It is strongly anchored in the genomics research agenda of the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology (IGB), and in particular in its Genomic Technology program area. It builds on the research expertise of IGB faculty and affiliates. The National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) provides high-level technical expertise in high-performance computing. The Office of the Vice-Chancellor for Research financially supports HPCBio and provides institutional oversight.
The core missions of HPCBio are two-fold:
HPCBio is a single-stop facility for all campus researchers requiring computational resources and expertise for biomedical research. Its activities include the following: