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Publication . Article . 2015

Future opportunities and trends for e-infrastructures and life sciences: going beyond the grid to enable life science data analysis

Duarte, Afonso M S; Psomopoulos, Fotis E; Blanchet, Christophe; Bonvin, Alexandre M J J; Corpas, Manuel; Franc, Alain; Jimenez, Rafael C; +6 Authors
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Published: 23 Jun 2015 Journal: Frontiers in Genetics, volume 6 (eissn: 1664-8021, Copyright policy )
Publisher: HAL CCSD

With the increasingly rapid growth of data in life sciences we are witnessing a major transition in the way research is conducted, from hypothesis-driven studies to data-driven simulations of whole systems. Such approaches necessitate the use of large-scale computational resources and e-infrastructures, such as the European Grid Infrastructure (EGI). EGI, one of key the enablers of the digital European Research Area, is a federation of resource providers set up to deliver sustainable, integrated and secure computing services to European researchers and their international partners. Here we aim to provide the state of the art of Grid/Cloud computing in EU research as viewed from within the field of life sciences, focusing on key infrastructures and projects within the life sciences community. Rather than focusing purely on the technical aspects underlying the currently provided solutions, we outline the design aspects and key characteristics that can be identified across major research approaches. Overall, we aim to provide significant insights into the road ahead by establishing ever-strengthening connections between EGI as a whole and the life sciences community.

AD was supported by Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, Portugal (SFRH/BPD/78075/2011 and EXPL/BBBBEP/1356/2013). FP has been supported by the National Grid Infrastructure NGI_GRNET, HellasGRID, as part of the EGI. IFB acknowledges funding from the “National Infrastructures in Biology and Health” call of the French “Investments for the Future” initiative. The WeNMR project has been funded by a European FP7 e-Infrastructure grant, contract no. 261572. AF was supported by a grant from Labex CEBA (Centre d’études de la Biodiversité Amazonienne) from ANR. MC is supported by UK’s BBSRC core funding. CSC was supported by Academy of Finland grant No. 273655 for ELIXIR Finland. The EGI-InSPIRE project (Integrated Sustainable Pan-European Infrastructure for Researchers in Europe) is co-funded by the European Commission (contract number: RI-261323). The BioMedBridges project is funded by the European Commission within Research Infrastructures of the FP7 Capacities Specific Programme, grant agreement number 284209.

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Microsoft Academic Graph classification: Grid computing computer.software_genre computer Grid Big data business.industry business Field (computer science) Computer science Data science European Research Area Key (cryptography) Cloud computing Resource (project management) Secure computing E infrastructure Whole systems

Library of Congress Subject Headings: lcsh:Genetics lcsh:QH426-470


Genetics (clinical), Genetics, Molecular Medicine, Perspective, Grid computing, Cloud computing, life sciences, Big Data, e-infrastructures, [SDV] Life Sciences [q-bio], Life sciences, Cloud computing, e-infrastructures, Grid computing, Big data, [SDV]Life Sciences [q-bio]

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AKA| ELIXIR - Data for Life European Life Science Infrastructure for Biological Information
  • Funder: Academy of Finland (AKA)
  • Project Code: 273655
Building data bridges between biological and medical infrastructures in Europe
  • Funder: European Commission (EC)
  • Project Code: 284209
  • Funding stream: FP7 | SP4 | INFRA
FCT| EXPL/BBB-BEP/1356/2013
Specific isotopic labelling of membrane proteins as a new tool to monitor structural and conformation changes
  • Funder: Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, I.P. (FCT)
  • Project Code: EXPL/BBB-BEP/1356/2013
  • Funding stream: 3599-PPCDT
European Grid Initiative: Integrated Sustainable Pan-European Infrastructure for Researchers in Europe
  • Funder: European Commission (EC)
  • Project Code: 261323
  • Funding stream: FP7 | SP4 | INFRA
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