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Pacific Rim researchers to collaborate on distributed bioinformatics analysis of avian flu

ed Li, executive director of the UC San Diego-based National Biomedical Computation Resource (NBCR). "This partnership will give U.S. researchers enhanced access to new genomic information as it becomes available in the region. It will also promote global cooperation in case of a flu pandemic." Institutions in three Asian nations will leverage TATRC’s investment by funding their own researchers to work with their counterparts in California and Hawaii, as part of their ongoing collaboration in the National Science Foundation-funded Pacific Rim Applications and Grid Middleware Assembly (PRAGMA).

"We could not be successful in this project without the substantial prior investment in partnerships with our friends and colleagues across the Pacific," said Arzberger, who directs the five-year-old PRAGMA initiative. "We will be able to hit the ground running thanks to the shared expertise, interconnected cyberinfrastructure, grid-enabled software tools and student exchange programs that have emerged out of PRAGMA."

Pacific Rim institutions collaborate in PRAGMA to develop grid-enabled applications and coordinate deployment of the needed infrastructure throughout the Pacific region to allow data, computing, and other resource sharing. The announcement of the TATRC award coincides with PRAGMA 12, which runs March 20-22 in Bangkok, Thailand. The meeting is hosted by Thailand’s National Electronics and Computer Technology Center (NECTEC), and the Thai National Grid Center (TGNC).

Five non-U.S. partners have pledged to fund collaboration on the avian flu virus project: Japan’s National Institute for Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST); China’s Jilin University (JLU) and Computer Network Information Center (CNIC); as well as the Korea Institute for Science and Technology Information (KISTI) and Konkuk University (KU). Significantly, Malaysia’s Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) has pledged new funding for the collaborative project at the
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Source:University of California - San Diego


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