[Bioclusters] LImitations

Joe Landman bioclusters@bioinformatics.org
Fri, 15 Oct 2004 08:49:20 -0400

Hi Folks:

  I am going to be giving a talk soon where I want to talk about a 
meta-topic, specifically rate-limiting factors for researchers working 
on computational analysis or simulation, with an eye towards bioclusters 
and grids.   That is, what (if anything) is keeping you from doing your 
work (apart from answering random biocluster inquiries) as quickly as 
you might wish:  is it "wetware" (people), software (many possible 
issues), hardware (speeds, feeds, support, ...), labwork, or something 
else?  Please be as detailed as possible.   Moreover, I would like to 
hear what you would like to do, but cannot now due to these 
rate-limiting factors.

  I am curious about this in general, and yes, I know that a 
self-selecting group does not an accurate poll make.   I want to see how 
close my own thoughts are to "the community" and see if I have missed 

  Drilling in deeper to specific aspects,  I would like to hear what 
folks feel the bottlenecks are in whatever analysis or simulation 
processes interest them.  As I said, I have my own opinions, but my 
opinions are reflective of my environment, so I need to look at 
extra-environmental opinions to draw a more complete picture.  Please 
note:  it may be possible that some folks believe that there are no 
bottlenecks (I have heard this a few times) in their work.

  If you are interested in helping, please feel free to email me about 
this.  I don't want to clutter the list with this, though if there is 
interest, I will try to summarize what I hear. 

  Thanks!  Please respond to me directly if you prefer.  All 
emails/names will be considered confidential, and treated as such.


Joseph Landman, Ph.D
Scalable Informatics LLC,
email: landman@scalableinformatics.com
web  : http://www.scalableinformatics.com
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