Using large scale computing facilities for Biobanks
05 Sep 2011
The Netherlands have 150 biobanks with over 400,000 samples in total. To exploit these billions worth of material they are now embarking on large scale genetic profiling. An example is the highly visible Genome of the Netherlands project that will sequence the DNA of 750 Dutch individuals completely to elucidate the genetic diversity in the Dutch population, and to impute this new information onto existing more sparse genetic information of 100.000 Dutch individuals. However, the data handling and computational needs are enormous and Dutch Institutes are struggling to effectively use the hardware infrastructures available.
The e-BioGrid subproject on Biobanking will overcome this barrier by interfacing the data processing tools used in biobanking to the existing BiGGrid infrastructure and by supporting the Dutch biobanking community to deploy these tools for their large data and processing challenges.