Until recently processing their insect DNA sequence data collected from the next generation sequencing-by-synthesis platforms took one whole week per individual; even when using a fast multi-core desktop Linux machine with plenty of RAM.
Using high performance computing to address genetic problems presents researchers with an opportunity to advance the biological sciences. A researcher at Massey is harnessing HPC to study the effects of social behaviour on small, isolated populations.
The National eScience Infrastructure project provides early-stage researchers with world-class high performance computing facilities, as a PhD student discovered when she was able to complete more than five times as many calculations as others researching
In the two weeks immediately following the February earthquake, eResearch handled more than 660 GB of data storage and distribution requirements of various agencies and groups across New Zealand through the BeSTGRID DataFabric.