Navigation Links
New parallelization technique boosts our ability to model biological systems
Date:6/9/2011

Researchers at North Carolina State University have developed a new technique for using multi-core chips more efficiently, significantly enhancing a computer's ability to build computer models of biological systems. The technique improved the efficiency of algorithms used to build models of biological systems more than seven-fold, creating more realistic models that can account for uncertainty and biological variation. This could impact research areas ranging from drug development to the engineering of biofuels.

Computer models of biological systems have many uses, from predicting potential side-effects of new drugs to understanding the ability of plants to adjust to climate change. But developing models for living things is challenging because, unlike machines, biological systems can have a significant amount of uncertainty and variation.

"When developing a model of a biological system, you have to use techniques that account for that uncertainty, and those techniques require a lot of computational power," says Dr. Cranos Williams, an assistant professor of electrical engineering at NC State and co-author of a paper describing the research. "That means using powerful computers. Those computers are expensive, and access to them can be limited.

"Our goal was to develop software that enables scientists to run biological models on conventional computers by utilizing their multi-core chips more efficiently."

The brain of a computer chip is its central processing unit, or "core." Most personal computers now use chips that have between four and eight cores. However, most programs only operate in one core at a time. For a program to utilize all of these cores, it has to be broken down into separate "threads" so that each core can execute a different part of the program simultaneously. The process of breaking down a program into threads is called parallelization, and allows computers to run programs very quickly.

In order
'/>"/>

Contact: Matt Shipman
matt_shipman@ncsu.edu
919-515-6386
North Carolina State University
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1 2

Related biology news :

1. Penn researchers develop biological circuit components, new microscope technique for measuring them
2. New synchrotron technique could see hidden building blocks of life
3. Sardines and horse mackerel identified using forensic techniques
4. New technique sheds light on the mysterious process of cell division
5. New technique promises to lift the hood’ on autism
6. Molecular technique advances soybean rust resistance research
7. Penn researchers develop technique for measuring stressed molecules in cells
8. New technique improves sensitivity of PCR pathogen detection
9. Polarized microscopy technique shows new details of how proteins are arranged
10. Improvements in embryonic preimplantation genetic screening techniques
11. New technique tracks viral infections, aids development of antiviral drugs
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:8/19/2014)... MA -- MIT chemical engineers have devised a new ... are released slowly over a few weeks. When applied ... the body to rapidly form new bone that looks ... type of coated scaffold could offer a dramatic improvement ... involves transplanting bone from another part of the patient,s ...
(Date:8/19/2014)... today,s crocodiles colonised the seas during warm phases and ... Anglo-French study which establishes a link between marine crocodilian ... period of more than 140 million years. , ... Universit de Lyon, France and formerly from the University ... Nature Communications ., Today, crocodiles are ,cold-blooded, animals that ...
(Date:8/19/2014)... A team of UTSA researchers has been awarded a ... Technology and Training (NCPTT), an office of the National ... The grant will fund a one-year study of the ... of historic homes in hot, humid climates. , Radiant ... or attics that reflect heat back, thereby reducing the ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):Engineering new bone growth 2Engineering new bone growth 3Evolution of marine crocodilians constrained by ocean temperatures 2UTSA researcher awarded $38K+ to evaluate energy efficiency options for historic homes 2UTSA researcher awarded $38K+ to evaluate energy efficiency options for historic homes 3
... Angeles New evidence from the University of Southern California ... that help compile small bits of information in order to ... professor of psychology in the area of brain and cognitive ... Public Library of Science journal, PLoS ONE. It ...
... MA--Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) will present The Sixth ... 14, 2007 at noon. The annual lecture is in honor ... in BUSMs Pulmonary Center. Kim Hanson, along with her ... the second plane that struck the World Trade Center on ...
... University of Oregon has received a $1.6 million grant ... effects of exposure to precisely engineered nanoparticles that are ... three-year grant from the Keck Foundations medical research program ... Andy Berglund, all UO professors of chemistry; UO biology ...
Cached Biology News:Shape encoding may start in the retina 2Lecture to honor victim of Sept. 11 tragedy 2Keck Foundation funds study of biological interactions with nanomaterials 2
(Date:8/19/2014)... , Aug. 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - iCo Therapeutics Inc. ... today reported results of its Oral Amphotericin B ... reservoirs.  The study, conducted by ImmuneCarta®, the immune ... vitro effectiveness of Oral Amp B in ... in individuals despite intensive treatment with antiretroviral therapy. ...
(Date:8/18/2014)... FREDERICK, Md. , Aug. 18, 2014 ... the maker of advanced consumer medical devices ... Kotak was interviewed by CEOLIVE.TV as ... The entire interview is available at ... interview Dr. Kotak explains to investors the ...
(Date:8/18/2014)... According to the new ... (Municipal Wastewater Treatment and Industrial Wastewater Treatment), By ... By Configuration (Internal/Submerged and External/Sidestream), and By Region-Trends ... market for membrane bioreactor systems is projected to ... CAGR of 15.28% between 2014 and 2019. ...
(Date:8/16/2014)... NY (PRWEB) August 16, 2014 ... industry provide guidance and advisory services to ... and technical issues. Industry services are highly diverse ... Therefore, industry services range from geological and geophysical ... plans. “Consequently, over the past five years, the ...
Breaking Biology Technology:iCo Therapeutics Announces Positive Oral Amphotericin B Study Results 2iCo Therapeutics Announces Positive Oral Amphotericin B Study Results 3BioElectronics EVP Dr. Deepak Kotak Interviewed on CEO Live 2BioElectronics EVP Dr. Deepak Kotak Interviewed on CEO Live 3Membrane Bioreactor Systems Market Worth $2,927 Million by 2019 2Membrane Bioreactor Systems Market Worth $2,927 Million by 2019 3Scientific and Economic Consulting in Canada Industry Market Research Report Now Available from IBISWorld 2Scientific and Economic Consulting in Canada Industry Market Research Report Now Available from IBISWorld 3
... Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: ZMH ; SWX: ZMH) announced today ... broadcast live over the Internet on Thursday, July 23, 2009, at ... results will be made available at 7:00 a.m. the morning of ... be accessed via Zimmer,s Investor Relations website at ...
... Pa. and NEWTON, Mass., June 30 Microfluidics, ... (OTC Bulletin Board: MFLU), and Particle Sciences Inc. ... biopharmaceutical companies leverage the most advanced and reliable ... and commercialize Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (APIs). , ...
... June 30 Hospira, Inc. (NYSE: HSP ... today announced agreements with MedAssets on intravenous (I.V.) solutions ... agreement for infusion devices. The five-year MedAssets agreements are ... and equipment, and July 1, 2009, for infusion devices. ...
Cached Biology Technology:Particle Sciences and Microfluidics Collaborate to Share Formulation and Nanotechnology Expertise for Pharmaceutical Drug Product Development, Analysis and Commercialization 2Particle Sciences and Microfluidics Collaborate to Share Formulation and Nanotechnology Expertise for Pharmaceutical Drug Product Development, Analysis and Commercialization 3Hospira Announces New Contract With MedAssets for Intravenous Solutions, Renewal of Infusion Devices Agreement 2
...
... measures NOS activity by monitoring the conversion ... is simple, sensitive, and specific for NOS ... crude and purified enzyme preparations. The kit ... total reactions. Radiolabeled arginine and NADPH are ...
Human TSLP MAb (Clone 258136)...
Human Complement Component C5a MAb (Clone 295003)...
Biology Products: