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

s for clues to understanding how avian flu interferes with human metabolism."

The Asian institutions ?all members of PRAGMA ?will host some U.S. students and researchers, while taking responsibility for specific tasks:

  • JLU will support the scheduling of multiple clusters (CSF4) to distribute jobs transparently at multiple sites around the region;
  • AIST will support the deployment of Gfarm in conjunction with researchers at the University of Tsukuba;
  • KISTI in conjunction with researchers at KU in Korea will create an integrated portal environment for the computational pipeline using results of Korea National e-Science Project by the Korean Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST); and
  • CNIC will develop a transparent web service layer for data access.
  • USM will contribute its natural compound database for use in virtual screening for new inhibitors and drug discovery.

CNIC will also become the central repository for the project’s research data. The database will be distributed through the computational data grid, and accessible through web portals mirrored at partner sites. "The availability of a central repository that is built upon distributed information and data storage not only allows one to collect information more effectively, but also makes the data immediately available to researchers worldwide," said Kai Nan, director of CNIC’s Network Technology and Applications Research Laboratory. "The end result is a dynamic research community response network that can meet the needs of a global response to a global threat such as the avian flu."

Much of the nitty-gritty work on the avian flu project will be done by students, at both the graduate and undergraduate level. "We’ll be engaging students from the above institutions as an international research team," said NBCR’s Li. "We will also send U.S. students and graduate researchers to work in the labs of our partners around Asia ?giving those students
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Source:University of California - San Diego


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