BRAF | Technical Programme | Who should
attend?| Venue | Bioinformatics@C-DAC
A grand challenge in
the area of science is to understand biological processes
in terms of their underlying physical and chemical processes.
The Human Genome Project was a step in that direction
to advance fundamental biological understanding and
provide the basis for future advances in biotechnology,
agriculture, environmental remediation and quality,
health and medical practice. However, the enormous amount
of accumulated data has proven to be a bottleneck in
the area, necessitating the need for high performance
computing. It is well known that many of the problems
in Bioinformatics can be addressed only with compute
power, which is well beyond the teraflop scale.
Resources & Applications Facility (BRAF)
High Performance Computing
has become a critical component in areas like Bioinformatics and molecular modelling, due to the vast amount of data
flooding into genome sequence databases like EMBL and
GenBank. The challenge lies in understanding protein
folding, comparative genomics of multiple organisms,
searching complete human genome database for finding
novel genes, identifying drug targets and so on. The
Bioinformatics Resources & Applications Facility
(BRAF) of C-DAC provides a high-end supercomputing facility to the Bioinformatics
research community with remote access to the existing
Bioinformatics software available on PARAM
Padma, a one teraflop supercomputer, developed indigenously
by C-DAC. A joint initiative of the Department
of Information Technology , MC&IT, Govt.
of India and C-DAC, the BRAF will assist the academia
and industries in the area of bioinformatics to accelerate
their research or product development.
- BRAF Inauguration
- Technical presentations by invited
speakers on HPC applications in Bioinformatics
- Demonstration- Problem Solving Environment
- Demonstration- Execution of
parallel/serial bioinformatics codes on PARAM Padma
through remote logging
This is an advanced
level workshop and is targeted at researchers in government
institutes, universities and the Bioinformatics industry.
Researchers who have felt the need of HPC in their work
would benefit from this discussion meet. The overall
objective of the meet is to encourage and promote the
use of HPC systems for research and other applications.
There is no registration
fee to attend the above programme. Participants are
requested to make their own arrangements for accommodation
1, Old Madras Road, Byappanahalli
Bangalore 560 038
Tel: +91-80-2524 6822/6/7/8 Fax: +91-80-2524 7724
March 1988, as a Scientific Society of the Ministry
of Communications and Information Technology (formerly
the Department of Electronics), Government of India,
Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC),
is primarily an R&D institution involved in the design, development and
deployment of electronics and advanced Information Technology
(IT) products and solutions.
In a decade and
a half since its inception, C-DAC has established its
brand image as a premier R & D institution of national
and international repute working in advanced areas of
electronics and information technology and developing
and deploying IT products and solutions for diverse
sectors of economy. The vision of the bioinformatics
team at C-DAC is to further the understanding of biological
systems in terms of their underlying physical and chemical
processes, using High Performance Computing and Internet
& Communication Technologies with a mission to build
a centre of excellence that can provide solutions and
services to address problems in biology which demand
the usage of High Performance Computing systems.
The team is actively
engaged in various domain activities such as molecular
modelling, genome sequence analysis, comparative genomics,
microarray data analysis, systems biology and so on.
The team is also involved in developing web computing
portals for the bioinformatics codes, and enabling the
codes to work on a grid computing environment.