The Global Bio Grid at VirginiaReport
The future of the life sciences will depend on distributed, large-scale, integrated, computational infrastructures, called Grids. Indeed, as observed recently by the National Research Council, "biology is becoming an information science". An interdisciplinary group of biologists, computer scientists, and clinicians at the University of Virginia have teamed up to implement this exciting vision and to make it a reality in the near future. The University of Virginia Center for Grid Research (CGR) was founded with the belief that the life sciences are the "killer application" for Grid computing, and with the commitment to transform life sciences research by providing the tools to Grid-enable the life sciences. The center has four specific objectives; we will: (1) Develop and deploy the Global Bio Grid (GBG), a data, computational, and algorithmic infrastructure for the life sciences; The GBG will provide a shared, secure infrastructure for collaboration and research across academic, government, and industrial institutions – and across the spectrum of life sciences applications. (2) Perform Research on dependable Grid and Service Oriented Architectures (SOA). Grid computing technology is still in its' infancy and many problems remain. Particular areas that we will focus on are data access, security (confidentiality, data integrity, access control, policy negotiation), dependability (availability, SLA's, policy languagues), and grid standards. (3) Develop new algorithms, tools, and techniques for hierarchical data integration and analysis. (4) Outreach to the life sciences community to both accelerate their science and to better understand their requirements and special needs. This technical report gives an overview of Grid computing, life sciences use cases for Grid, and the Global Bio Grid technical plan and status as of September, 2004.
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Grimshaw, Andrew, Gabriel Robins, Marty Humphrey, Mark Morgan, and William Knaus. "The Global Bio Grid at Virginia." University of Virginia Dept. of Computer Science Tech Report (2004).
University of Virginia, Department of Computer Science