Life Sciences

Using HPC to speed competitive advantages in life sciences


Few industries have experienced as much more dramatic growth during the last decade than life sciences. The extensive use of computer simulations used today by the life sciences market can easily stress the upper limits of any high computing solution.

Like other computationally intense industries, life sciences use a mix of high capability and high throughput computing technologies. With the added pressures from significant regulatory, compliance, cost, and time constraints, life science companies and research institutions are confronted with an array of business challenges, including:

  • Align costly and scarce resources to the most promising research

  • Match computing resources to business priorities

  • Maximize end-user productivity

  • Protect intellectual property

  • Control the growing complexity of systems and applications
Meeting these demanding goals requires high performance computing systems and powerful software tools. Investments in high performance computing don’t just save time and money. They allow life sciences researchers and companies to investigate more drug design options, more easily and more quickly – and to get new medical devices and pharmaceuticals to market sooner and safer.

Bioinformatics and computational chemistry applications demand massive computing resources over long periods of time. PBS Professional’s ability to detect node failure and automatically reschedule interrupted jobs or restart aborted jobs.

PBS Professional enables more efficient use of software licenses and hardware, and gives scientists a simple access process. The Job Arrays feature enables bioinformatics users to submit and manage the highest job counts as a single unit – helping researcher run more models more productively.

With PBS Works’ HPC workload optimization solutions, life science researchers shorten design times, lower infrastructure costs and maximize the utilization of HPC systems used for in silico drug screening, clinical simulations or bioinformatics. PBS Professional’s scheduling and resource reservation capabilities ensures they get fair-share access to computing resources and to pre-empt access priority for urgent projects.

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