MGHPCC Awards $500,000 in Seed Grants

Several researchers from Boston University have been awarded seed grants through the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center (MGHPCC). These seed grants are intended to accelerate computational collaboration among the MGHPCC partner universities: Boston University, Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Northeastern University and the University of Massachusetts.

Of the six teams receiving grants, three include Boston University faculty:

  • Designing Cloud and Big Data Platforms for Scientific and HPC Applications.
    Orran Krieger (BU), Peter Desnoyers (Northeastern), Manuel Garber (UMass Worcester), and Prashant Shenoy (UMass Amherst) will explore how today’s cloud and Big Data platforms can be better tailored to handle Big Data while investigating ways to re-architect data intensive applications to exploit Big Data processing methods and cloud platforms.
  • Computational Identification of Outcome-Associated DNA Alterations in Neuroblastoma.
    Stefano Monti (BU) and Roberto Chiarlie (Harvard) will develop high-throughput sequencing techniques to identify novel DNA markers to inform treatment of Neurobastoma, one of the most common tumor-causing cancers in children.
  • Genome-scale Characterization of Chromosonal Aberrations Using Parallelizable Compression Algorithms.
    Dan Simovici (UMass Boston), Nurit Haspel (UMass Boston), David Weisman (UMass Boston) and Jennifer Rosen (BU) will develop new data compression techniques for large-scale data mining of next-generation DNA sequencing data to speed-up detection of large chromosomal aberrations that lead to cancer.

More detail: MGHPCC 2013 Seed Fund Awards Announced.

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