As we’ve commented here before, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (aka the Stimulus Act) signed into law in the US by President Obama in February of this year has a mostly indirect impact on HPC. Not much funding directly for the industry or for the deployment of new computers, but lots of funding for projects that will need HPC.
Case in point: the NIH got more than $10B of stimulus funding, $923,000 of which is going to Marylyn Ritchie who directs the Computational Genomics Core at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
Ritchie, an associate professor of molecular physiology and biophysics, seeks to determine the connections between genetic and environmental factors that contribute to common, complex diseases like diabetes.
The goal of her project, which began July 1, “is to develop a way to integrate genetic data with other types of knowledge and with public databases,” she said.
…Supercomputers must be programmed to analyze data in ways that reveal the greatest amount of significant information. But it’s going to take time to find the best route.
“My approach to analysis is to look at the whole genome in an unbiased way,” said Ritchie, whose group is using the University’s supercomputer, ACCRE (Advanced Computing Center for Research and Education).