Bioinformatics and Computational Biology Facility

Dr Jenny Barna

The School's Computing Facility was set up in 1987-8 on a single VAX/VMS system purchased to run the GCG Wisconsin and other packages for molecular sequence and structure analysis, with an Evans and Sutherland graphics terminal to visualize structures.

It developed in several directions over the years. It now provides central servers and support for bioinformatics and computational biology. Users are based at many different departments: from Archaeology and Anthropology to Zoology. The service itself is based in the Department of Biochemistry. Most research themes are represented.

Support is given to people using a wide variety of software and approaches including web interfaces, the Linux command line, and high throughput computing. There is also a set of regularly updated biomolecular sequence and structure databases and help for people using their own datasets. Advice may include suggesting other facilities such as those provided by the University Information Services, which now incorporates the High Performance Computing Service (HPCS). More details about what is available can be found using the links on the right.

The plan is that the School service will merge with the services provided by HPCS, which is broadening to Research Computing Services (RCS). This is currently waiting for needed installation of high-RAM servers in RCS.