For three years, the Beagle supercomputer has driven University of Chicago biology and medical research into new computational territories, fueling groundbreaking research in genomics, drug design, and personalized medicine. Now, with a $2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health, UChicago’s high-performance computing resource for biomedical research is ready for an upgrade that will enable the next wave of pioneering discoveries.
Beagle, operated through a partnership between the University of Chicago Biological Sciences Division and the Computation Institute, is a powerful Cray XE6 supercomputer unique for its focus on the newer computational fields of biology and medicine. Unlike national supercomputing resources where biomedical scientists must compete with physics, astronomy, and climate research for limited compute time, Beagle primarily supports advanced analysis and modeling for the life sciences.
“By providing biologists access to powerful, world-class computing, Beagle and its expert crew provide the foundation for a new community of computational biomedicine at the University of Chicago, resulting in innovative research and influential publications,” said Conrad Gilliam, Dean of Basic Science in the Biological Sciences Division at the University of Chicago. “Beagle-2 will further establish UChicago as a leader in applying computational techniques to the most important questions in biology and medicine today.”
Read more from the Computation Institute about the Beagle, named after the ship that carried Charles Darwin on his expedition around the world, which is now used to sequence genomes, decipher drug interactions, analyze images, and could probably play some super-awesome sessions of Minecraft.