BioSupercomputing Newsletter Vol.1

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BioSupercomputing Newsletter

Computational Science Research Program
Program Director

The 21st century has been called the "era of prediction", and the importance of computational science in making this a reality is recognized worldwide. Computational science is theory-based, but the additional grounding of concrete experimental data makes it as vital to the future advancement of science and technology as pure theory and experiment.

Research and Development of the Next-Generation Integrated Simulaton of Living Matter is the name of a new simulation software project launched in October 2006. RIKEN is collaborating with a number of other institutions to develop petaflop-scale simulation software that will make full use of the nextgeneration 10-petaflop supercomputer scheduled to be completed in 2012. Two approaches are being taken in the development of this software-an analytical approach to understanding natural phenomena using basic principles, and a data-driven approach to discovering unknown pathways and laws using large-scale experimental data-to integrate and organize a variety of micro- to macro-scale research studies and data. We seek, through such efforts, to unlock the mystery of life and bring about breakthroughs that can be applied to the development of medicines and medical equipment. And in the process of doing this, we hope to establish computational science as a new methodology for the life sciences.

This newsletter has been launched to make our research activities and achievements more widely known. Inside you will find news on the latest hot topics and updates on our various research projects.

BioSupercomputing Newsletter Vol.1

Computational Science Research Program Program Director Koji KAYA
Innovative Approach for Understanding Phenomena of Life Exploring New Possibilities with Bio-supercomputing
Computational Science Research Program Deputy Program Director Ryutaro HIMENO
A Message from the Team Leader
Simulations to Understand the Functions of the Biopolymers that Play Fundamental Roles in Life
Molecular Scale Team Team Leader Akinori KIDERA
Develop a 3-D Model of the Entire Human Body and Understand In Vivo Phenomena to Utilize for Medical Purposes
Organ and Body Scale Team Team Leader Shu TAKAGI
The Fourth Methodology (Data Analysis Fusion): Transforming Biology into a Predictable Science
Data Analysis Fusion Team Team Leader Satoru MIYANO
Report on Research
Prediction of Transmembrane Dimer Structure of Amyloid Precursor Protein using Replica-Exchange Molecular Dynamics Simulations
Molecular Scale Team Naoyuki MIYASHITA / RIKEN Advanced Science Institute (Molecular Scale WG) Yuji SUGITA
Simulation for Charged Particle Therapy
Organ and Body Scale Team Kenichi L. ISHIKAWA
Prospects of Prognostic Prediction Based on Genome-wide Association Study and Genetic/Non-genetic Factors
Riken Center for Genomic Medicine (Data Analysis Fusion WG) Naoyuki KAMATANI
Key Technology Supporting Petascale Computing
High-performance Computing Team Kenji ONO / Satoshi ITO / Daisuke WATANABE
ISLiM Participating Institutions / Administration
Joint Workshop with VPH
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