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New Generation Computing

, Volume 22, Issue 2, pp 187–188 | Cite as

Biological structure determination by EM is well suited to grid computing

  • Jose-Jesus Fernandez
  • Jose-Roman Bilbao-Castro
  • Roberto Marabini
  • Jose-Maria Carazo
  • Inmaculada Garcia
Short Note
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Conclusion

This short note describes a potential application of grid computing in life sciences: high resolution structure determination of biological specimens by electron microscope tomography. It is shown there are excellent opportunities to benefit from grids: potential intensive applications to exploit the “high-throughput” and the “distributed supercomputing” capabilities of grids. Furthermore, grids may turn into reality solving problems not dared so far, such as structure determination of large viruses at near-atomic resolution or reconstruction of whole cells at molecular resolution. Grid computing will make it possible to afford those “grand challenge” applications currently unapproachable.

Keywords

Grid Computing Electron Tomography Electron Microscopy 

Copyright information

© Ohmsha, Ltd. and Springer 2004

Authors and Affiliations

  • Jose-Jesus Fernandez
    • 1
  • Jose-Roman Bilbao-Castro
    • 2
  • Roberto Marabini
    • 3
  • Jose-Maria Carazo
    • 2
  • Inmaculada Garcia
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Computer ArchitectureUniversidad AlmeriaAlmeriaSpain
  2. 2.Centro Nacional BiotecnologiaUniversidad AutonomaMadridSpain
  3. 3.Department of Computer ScienceUniversidad AutonomaMadridSpain

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