The High Performance Computing Center/Computational Biology Initiative (HPC/CBI) is an interdisciplinary initiative at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) which was launched in January 2005. The overall goal of the initiative is to build infrastructure to significantly advance collaborative interdisciplinary bioscience research in San Antonio. Currently, healthcare and biotechnology industries lead the San Antonio economy with an estimated annual economic impact of over $13 billion and employ almost 100,000 citizens. The San Antonio area is developing a burgeoning biotechnology base. The objectives of this program are to foster the use of state-of-the-art core computational and analytic facilities, to enhance local expertise in San Antonio bioscience community, and to develop training opportunities.
Our first priority has been to develop and provide expanded access to state-of-the-art core computational and analytic facilities in bioscience research through this program. The focus has been on increasing the usability of computational resources, in contrast to a program merely focused on the acquisition of more computer hardware and software. It is the lack of computational biology expertise that is the primary limiting factor in the low usage rates of high performance computing methods in research laboratories at UTSA. We seek to provide access to scientific expertise and state-of-the art computer resources.
The HPC/CBI has currently grown past its previous mission and we now support many other fields of research with users from engineering, chemistry, physics and statistics.
HPC/CBI is currently funded by NIH Research Centers in Minority Institutions (RCMI) grant (Grant No. G12MD007591), and as part of the Computational Systems Biology Core(CSBC). Previously by RCMI grant (Grant No. 2G12RR013646-12 and 5G12RR013646-11 and 5G12RR013646-09) and University of Texas grant ( Grant No. 1 UL1 RR025767, funded under the Clinical Translational Science Award mechanism of University of Texas).
CBI receives the UTSA HUB Advocate Department Award for 2009.