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UC Riverside Received $600,000 for Data-Intensive Research

Posted by Anita Zhang on Thu, Jul 10, 2014

The University of California, Riverside recently received $600,000 in research funding from the National Institutes of Health to support data-intensive research.

Researchers at UCR work on a variety of research topics, including:

  • Genome Biology
  • Biomedical Science
  • Chemistry
  • Computational Biology

These research topics are critical to the global human health and generate vast amounts of data, which increase the need for high performance computing. Over the past 50 years, data process instruments have grown into one of the most expensive research infrastructure investments due to the increasing size of data in many research areas. The data-intensive research within this grant will benefit high-throughput biology, drug discovery, and various other human health related disciplines.

Currently, due to very high demand, the existing computing resources at the University of California, Riverside are operating at maximum capacity. The data overflow often results in delays in processing new research data in a time-efficient manner, which in turn slows down the discovery process of many projects.

The money from the National Institutes of Health will be used for the purchase of a complex instrument: a Big Data cluster with high-performance CPU resources and data storage space equivalent to 5,000 modern laptops. With the new equipment the computation facility will be able to at least quadruple its current computing resources, which should greatly help resolve the shortage of Big Data computer resources and support many new research programs.

The improvement in data-intensive research at the University of California, Riverside will benefit more than 160 researchers from more than 15 departments and is expected to attract more outstanding faculty for the research of many existing programs.

UCR’ s research computing infrastructure is provided by a Central Bioinformatics Facility, which is part of the Institute of Integrative Genome Biology (IIGB). The Bioinformatics facility in IIGB was formed in 2003. In 2008 it became the largest high-performance research computuation facility at the University of California, Riverside.

About UCR

  • Each year UCR attracts $115 million in research funds, including $78.5 million in federal funds.
  • The UCR School of Medicine will help Inland Southern California face a projected 53-percent shortage of physicians by 2015.
  • In 2013 the University of California, Riverside received more than $15 million from the National Institutes of Health and more than $9 million as of July 2014.
  • Total research expenditures at UCR are significantly concentrated in agricultural science, accounting for 53% of total research expenditures spent by the university each year.

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