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CeBiTec, Bielefeld University

Bioinformatics Resource Facility Transcends Research Boundaries with Univa Grid Engine

Executive Summary


With its purpose to bundle biotechnological activities and research projects at the university, fostering crosslinking of research approaches and technologies from different fields and developing innovative projects within its main research areas, the Center for Biotechnology (CeBiTec) constitutes one of the largest faculty-spanning central academic institutions.

As part of CeBiTec, the Bioinformatics Resource Facility (BRF), led by Dr. Stefan Albaum, provides a high-performance compute infrastructure accessible to its 150 members and all partner groups in the Faculties of Biology, Technology and Chemistry, and over 1000 national and international researchers and affiliates from academia and industry, e.g. BMBF-funded German network for Bioinformatics Infrastructure (de.NBI).

BRF selected Univa Grid Engine for its optimized throughput and performance, rich features, reliability, expert support, and no learning curve. As the de-facto standard workload orchestration solution in biotechnology, Univa Grid Engine offers deeply integrated tools, applications and libraries for CeBiTec's user base.

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"Univa is an outstanding workload orchestration solution for the distribution of large numbers of jobs on a compute cluster - even for heterogeneous setups like ours."

Dr. Stefan Albaum, Center for Biotechnology (CeBiTec), Bielefeld University