Computing systems are rapidly changing with multicore, GPUs, clusters, volunteer systems, clouds, and grids offering a confusing dazzling array of opportunities. New programming paradigms such as MapReduce and Many Task Computing have joined the traditional repertoire of workflow and parallel computing for the highest performance systems. Meanwhile the Life Sciences are continuing to expand in data generated with continuing improvement in the instruments for high throughput analysis. This “fourth paradigm” (observationally driven science) is joined by complex systems or biocomplexity that can build phenomenological models of biological systems and processes. This workshop juxtaposes these trends seeking those computational methods that will enhance scientific discovery.
The purpose of this the workshop is to provide the opportunity for researchers, scientists, engineers, and students to discuss and share the latest research in parallel and distributed high performance systems applied to Life Science problems. It aims to offer an interactive environment for investigators working on novel “computational thinking” for (Systems) Biology, Bioinformatics, Biocomplexity and Cheminformatics, so that future activities and collaborations will be initiated, as ell as fostering discussions about the utilization of HPDC systems in their respective research initiatives. Selected papers will be published in a special issue of Journal Concurrency and Computation: Practice and Experience. Information about ECMLS2010 workshop can be found here.