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HPC Web+: An open and shareable application for simplifying scientific computing

Monday, September 22, 2014 — Poster Session I

12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

FAES Academic Center




  • O. Juarez-Espinosa
  • A. Levitsky
  • J. Dommer
  • R. Kaur
  • N. Weber
  • Y. Huyen


Life sciences research is becoming increasingly computational, due to instruments and analysis approaches producing vast amounts of data. Researchers often require complex computing resources such as high performance computing (HPC) clusters to perform their analyses. HPC Web+ is a portable web application that helps to simplify scientific computing by providing an easy-to-use graphical user interface to work with data and tools that are typically accessible only from a command-line console interface. NIAID's Bioinformatics and Computational Biosciences Branch originally developed HPC Web in 2011. Since that time, researchers have managed their data files on and submitted nearly 2000 data analysis tasks to the NIAID HPC cluster from their Internet browsers – all without having to install any software or memorize specialized command syntax to do their work. HPC Web+ is an open and shareable version of HPC Web designed for easy adoption by groups outside NIAID. Installation and configuration options can tailor the system for different environments and customize content, features, and user accounts based on local implementation requirements. The community of HPC Web+ users can extend system functionality and benefit from feature updates made by other users, facilitating broader access to sophisticated computing resources to enhance scientific research and discovery.

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