The UT Southwestern BioHPC team provides and maintains high-performance computing, storage and client systems for the UTSW research community. BioHPC offers hardware for cluster computing, large data storage, file sharing inside and outside the campus, and a portal to integrated desktop and thin-client computing in individual labs. These offerings are now made available to users across campus, both in the basic sciences and the clinical arenas.
The BioHPC Business Plan summarizes how academic and clinical teams may interact with this infrastructure, including details about the process of gaining membership to the BioHPC. Current BioHPC membership includes:
The BioHPC infrastructure is operated by a team of experienced computer scientists under the leadership of Liqiang Wang. This development team, as well as administrative support, are co-located with the Lyda Hill Department of Bioinformatics, with hardware infrastructure housed in various spaces throughout campus. The development team covers all aspects of HPC for users, from system expansion and maintenance to carrying out collaborative work on computational research projects. Development work is focused on providing easy access for researchers to the BioHPC infrastructure. The team’s primary mission is to lower the barriers for use of HPC systems for expert and novice users alike, thus allowing more UTSW researchers to work efficiently with computationally complex analyses and big data. Day-to-day inquries are handled via our biohpc-help ticket system which is monitored by all staff.
Current BioHPC services include (as of Sept 2017):
Future intended developments:
If you have any ideas for developments that would make our systems easier, or more convenient to use please let us know via the biohpc-help email address.