Glen Otero
Glen Otero

The Supercomputing 2009 conference (11/14/-11/20/2009) is highlighting bio-computing as a special thrust area (see attached flyer). Which means that the application of the latest networking, storage and compute technologies to bioscience problems will be featured all week long in Portland. There will be workshops, plenary speakers, posters and technical sessions that concentrate on the many facets of bio-computing.

This couldn't happen at a more appropriate time. Like it or not, life science researchers at large need to recognize that their research is intertwined with supercomputing resources in one way or another. The Supercomputing conference and community endorsement goes a long way in convincing researchers of this. The only better way for this to be communicated would be for the NIH and NSF to release a statement that says as much. Sadly, that type of press release may be needed before the majority of life science researchers truly understand it and invest in the proper high performance computing infrastructures and acquiring the necessary programming skills.

That's where I come in. My job at Dell is to elevate the comprehension of customers, partners and colleagues to the computational needs of life science data analysis and discovery. Why? Because our tax dollars fund a substantial amount of biological research. If the scientists aren't supercomputing and programming savvy, then money is being wasted. Improved high performance computing skills will provide quicker answers and allow our scientists to ask better questions of the rapidly accumulating pile of genomic, proteomic, transcriptomic and insert-your-favorite-omics-here data.

Oh, and because the future health of the human race depends on it.

- Glen Otero