BioExcel is a Centre of Excellence for provision of support to academic and industrial researchers in the use of high-performance computing (HPC) and high-throughput computing (HTC) in biomolecular research.

Powering Biomolecular Research through Advanced Modelling and Simulation

Much of the current Life Sciences research relies on intensive biomolecular modelling and simulation. As a result of this, both academic and industrial researchers are facing significant challenges when it comes to applying best practices for optimal resource usage and workflow productivity, and to finding a faster path to achieve results.

High-performance computing (HPC) and high-throughput computing (HTC) techniques have now reached a level of maturity in widely used codes and platforms, but taking full advantage of these requires training and guidance by experts.The services ecosystem required for that is presently inadequate, so a suitable infrastructure needs to be set up in a sustainable way.

The BioExcel Center of Excellence (CoE) was thus established to provide the necessary solutions for long-term support of the biomolecular research communities: fast and scalable software, user-friendly automation workflows and a support base of expert core developers. The main services offered by the center include hands-on training, tailored customization of code and personalized consultancy support.

User-driven research and development

The BioExcel CoE actively engages with a number of interest groups, formed by members of academic and industrial communities, which lay the foundation of the long-term basis for user- driven governance of the center:

  • academic and non-profit end users,
  • industrial end users,
  • software vendors and academic code providers,
  • non-profit and commercial resource providers, and
  • related international projects and initiatives.

The establishment of the centre is funded by the EC Horizon 2020 program (H2020-EU. 823830, H2020-EU. 675728).