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Announcement of an open symposium

Open Symposium on the“ High-performance Computing Infrastructure (HPCI)” by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology and the Strategic Programs for Innovative Research“ Grand Challenge application software development project”


10 : 00 - 18 : 20 on March 11 (Mon.) (A social gathering will be held after the symposium)


Sanjo Conference Hall, The University of Tokyo (Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo)

Participation fee:

Free (Social gathering participation fees will be charged)
For more details, visit our website (


Updated information on SCLS including events and research results is posted on our Twitter and Facebook at the earliest possible time. Our twitter account is “@HPCI_Senryaku1” and our official Facebook page can be searched by the account “HPCI Senryaku1”. We hope you will follow us on our Twitter and Facebook, and click the “Like” button with your comments.


Information on acceptance of applications from the public to use the SCLS computer system (K-computer-compatible supercomputer system) is available on the SCLS website (
Applications will be accepted in April, July and October in 2013. We look forward to receiving your application.


In the Computational Biology Research Center (CBRC) of the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, “Strategic Programs for Innovative Research Field 1 Human Resources Fostering Program” is being implemented. The program consists of a wide range of activities, from training for novices in bioinformatics, to cultivation of human resources who can make full use of the supercomputer, “K computer”, by providing seminars, workshops, tutorial training, and e-learning to the public, and by combining computational science with life science in a sophisticated way. The details of activities for FY 2013 will be announced on the website ( as soon as they are decided.


The Development and Use of the Next- Generation Supercomputer Project of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Scienceand Technology (MEXT).

Next-Generation Integrated Simulation of Living Matter


The “Next-Generation Integrated Simulation of Living Matter” is a project sponsored by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology(MEXT), in which research and development of simulation software to understand various phenomena occurring in the biological systems, including molecules and the human body, have been undertaken to realize a petascale simulation by making full use of the performance of supercomputer “K computer”.

Strategic Programs for Innovative Research Field 1

Supercomputational Life Science


SPIRE (Strategic Programs for Innovative Research) is a MEXT program aiming to produce ground-breaking results in computer science technology by maximizing the benefits of the HPCI (High Performance Computing Infrastructure) centered on the supercomputer “K computer”, and encouraging developments in five research fields that need to be strategically addressed.
"Supercomputational Life Science" has conducted research with the mission of understanding and predicting life phenomena based on large-scale simulation and advanced data analysis, and to apply these results to design and implement medicine and medical care with its research.

BioSupercomputing Newsletter

BioSupercomputing Newsletter Vol.8

Grand Challenge opens the way to the future of life science through innovative approach
Program Director, Computational Science Research Program, RIKEN
Koji Kaya
A Landmark Project that Brought on an Innovation in the Field of Life Scienc
Deputy-Program Director, Computational Science Research Program, RIKEN
Ryutaro Himeno
Report on Research
Multi-scale, multi-physics heart simulator UT-Hear
Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, the University of Tokyo
Toshiaki Hisada, Seiryo Sugiura, Takumi Washio,
Jun-ichi Okada, Akihito Takahashi
(Organ and Body Scale WG)
Simulation Model for Insulin Granule Kinetics in Pancreatic Beta Cells
Graduate School of System Informatics, Kobe University
Hisashi Tamaki(Cell Scale WG)
The road to brain-scale simulations on K
Brain Science Institute, RIKEN, Institute of
Neuroscience and Medicine (INM-6),
Juelich Research Center
Medical Faculty, RWTH Aachen University Markus Diesmann
(Brain and Neural Systems WG)
MD Core Program Development for Large-scale Parallelization
Computational Science Research Program, RIKEN
Yousuke Ohno(High-performance Computing Team)
Aiming to realize hierarchical integrated simulation in the circulatory organ system
and the musculoskeletal / cerebral nervous systems

Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering and Department of Bioengineering The University of Tokyo
Shu Takagi(Theme3 GL)
Leading-edge large-scale sequence data analysis with K computer in order to promote the understanding of life programs and their diversity
Professor, Human Genome Center, The Institute of Medical Science, The University of Tokyo
Satoru Miyano(Theme4 GL)
4th Biosupercomputing Symposium Report
Computational Science Research Program, RIKEN
Eietsu Tamura
“K Computer” Compatible Computer: Installation of SCLS Computer System
HPCI Program for Computational Life Sciences, RIKEN
Yoshiyuki Kido
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