Life Sciences depend heavily on the use of HPC for both data mining and data integration as well as for the simulation of biological systems. HPC technologies are essential for research areas such genome analysis, expression profiling, -omics analysis and biological simulations, whereby a vast amount of experimental data needs to be analyzed and synthesized into reasonable hypothesis. Thus HPC would greatly facilitate the various applications described in this project, enabling the respective research teams to study questions that have thus far been intractable due to their high computational complexity. The use of HPC in the Life Sciences applications with help further our understanding of basic problems in the fields of DNA sequence analysis, comparative genomics, and brain modeling among others and can be of great importance for the health sector.
The Life Sciences VRC supports 7 applications with main developers in 5 SEE countries (Greece, Hungary, Montenegro, Armenia, Georgia) working in the areas of computational biology, computational biophysics, DNA sequence analysis and computational genomics. The various projects involve collaborations with numerous scientists both in Europe and the U.S. and will foster the development of new collaborations among the participant SEE countries.