Massive phylogeny reconstruction – University of St Andrews and STFC’s Scientific Computing Department to exploit Hartree Centre’s Blue Joule supercomputer

A project involving researchers at the University of St Andrews’ School of Biology and School of Medicine and members of STFC‘s Computational Biology Group at the Daresbury Laboratory has been awarded 1,000,000 core-hours on the IBM Blue Joule supercomputer at the Hartree Centre. This allocation will make possible an amount of computation equivalent to running a dual-core laptop non-stop for around 60 years.

This supercomputer time will allow development of advanced phylogeny reconstruction algorithms and their application to extremely large problems. New methods will be developed to handle the vast amounts of data now available from low-cost DNA sequencing, but which are impossible to analyze using traditional approaches.

This work builds on a current research collaboration between St Andrews and STFC, High-Performance Computing in the Search for the Tree of Life. New algorithms will be made available in the open-source phylogeny program LVB.

The computer time was allocated in the STFC Hartree Centre’s 3rd Blue Joule Access Programme. The research will involve Dr Miguel Pinheiro, Professor Thomas Meagher and Dr Daniel Barker (PI) at St Andrews and Dr Martyn Winn, Dr Chang-Sik Kim and colleagues at STFC.

Monday 30 March 2015

University of St Andrews experts help to improve hospital safety

University of St Andrews experts are part of a consortium of researchers set to benefit from a grant of £4.2 million, announced by Health Secretary Shona Robison today, to establish a new Scottish Healthcare Associated Infection Prevention Institute (SHAIPI).

The announcement represents one of the largest single investments into research to tackle infection within healthcare settings in the UK in recent years. £1 million of the new funding will come to St Andrews

The research work at the University of St Andrews is being headed by Professor Stephen Gillespie, the Sir James Black Professor of Medicine and Dr Matthew Holden, Reader in Bacterial Genomics and Evolution.

Tuesday 24 March 2015

Meet the Expert (2015 Women in Science Festival)

Saturday 14th March, 10 AM – 5 PM

Dundee Science Centre

Normal admission price applies.

As part of the “Meet the Expert” event in the 2015 Women in Science Festival, Rosanna Alderson, Dr James McDonagh, Dr Heleen Plaisier and Dr Daniel Barker will demonstrate 4273pi, a bioinformatics educational
resource developed at the University of St Andrews to run on low-cost Raspberry Pi computer hardware.

Further details on the Women in Science Festival: