BGI said this week that it has launched a joint bioinformatics and computing laboratory with the National Supercomputing Center in Tianjin, China.
The Tianhe-BGI Bioinformatics and Computing Joint Laboratory is meant to promote interdisciplinary cooperation in the fields of supercomputing and biological science and aid development of omics-related industries, BGI said.
The new lab is partially named after Tianhe-1A, the world’s second fastest supercomputer, which is currently installed at NSCC-TJ. The researchers intend to create a bioinformatics and computing platform based on the system, which provides up to 2.57 petaflops compute capacity, as well as other high-performance analysis software.
The laboratory will support applications of genomics in agriculture, drug discovery, and human health.