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About the Mechanobiology Institute, National University of Singapore

About MBIOne of four Research Centres of Excellence at NUS, MBI is working to identify, measure and describe how the forces for motility and morphogenesis are expressed at the molecular, cellular and tissue level.
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MBI’s Computational Core

The Computational Core provides infrastructure for computation, storage, networking and scientific software services and support for the Mechanobiology Institute.

Core Mission

MBI’s computational core facility was created to store, process, analyze and visualize experimental data and images as well as large scale computer modeling of cell processing and data mining of complex biological processes. As MBI has moved to a new research space without any preexisting IT facilities, major efforts were taken to design, acquire, install and configure the IT infrastructure.

The Mechanobiology Institute employs imaging technology to acquire biological data sets as a core component of their research. A single image data set may be several TB in size and is often acquired as  individual files resulting in many thousands of files per experiment that must be stored, processed, analyzed and visualized.  Mechanobiology will house multiple microscopes that can each generate large continuous streams of new data.  Thus a fast, efficient and reliable network, storage and computational infrastructure is critical to support our research activities.  Having a local data centre to house this computational equipment is the only way to provide the services and support for Mechanobiology.

L to R: Manuel Santiago Manalad, Ifan Wibowo, Aneesh Rajeev Sathe, Sandeep Kumar

Facilities

MBI’s core IT infrastructure is currently composed of the following basic components:

1. A network and server capable of supporting 1 and 10 Gbps (109 bits per second) transfer rates today, and 10 and 100 Gbps rates in the future. This network capability will allow us to internally transmit our large data sets in minutes as opposed to hours using the traditional shared university facilities.

2. A high-performance, large capacity and highly reliable storage system. The initial storage system will have a capacity of over 100 TBs and can expand to multiple PBs as required.

3. A set of computational resources composed of a high performance cluster, initially with 132 computational cores (1.4 teraFLOPS) and several large memory servers with initial memory of 128 GB expandable to 1 TB.

4. A diverse set of both commercial and Open Source software applications for image processing, database mining, computer modelling, bioinformatics and genomics, archival storage, etc.

5. A staff of IT professionals with expertise in systems design, implementation and management and application development.

6. An independent web presence and network for inter and intranets.

Location

mbi@nus.edu.sg
+65 6872 6123
Level 10 T-Lab
National University of Singapore
5A Engineering Drive 1
Singapore 117411

Ifan WIBOWO

Facility Manager
ifanwb@nus.edu.sg

Sandeep KUMAR

Sandeep KUMAR

Systems and Network Administration
sandeepkumar@nus.edu.sg

Manuel Santiago MANALAD

Desktop and Software Support
manny@nus.edu.sg

Aneesh Rajeev SATHE

Aneesh Rajeev SATHE

Systems and Network Administration
aneesh@nus.edu.sg

Kyaw TUN

Kyaw TUN

Web Application Design and Development
kyaw@mechanobio.info

Dee DUPUY

Dee DUPUY

Website Design and Development
deedupuy@nus.edu.sg