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Knowledge Computing Offers New Perspectives in Scientific Computing.

Fraunhofer Institute (12/16/09)

Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Algorithms and Scientific Computing (SCAI) and the Julich Supercomputing Center (JSC) have employed automated annotation software on grid-connected supercomputers to execute queries in more than 50,000 pharmaceutical patents. Queries currently yield interesting insights into biological-chemical intersections, and the analysis of chemistry is multi-modal in the sense that text- and image-based information can be analyzed concurrently. The annotation services in the grid infrastructure was managed through the use of the Uniform Interface to Computing Resource (UNICORE) grid middleware, which also controlled the input/output data streams from the patents database to the annotation services, and monitored the overall progress. The knowledge extraction was performed by a supercomputer linked to the infrastructure of the German Grid Initiative by UNICORE, says JSC researcher Achim Streit. “This initial step of the experiment demonstrates what is possible today and shows the potential for more complex production runs in the future, using [high-performance computing] systems connected in grid infrastructures,” he says. Fraunhofer SCAI director Ulrich Trottenberg notes that through this effort, Fraunhofer “has contributed to a new field of applications for supercomputers: What we call knowledge computing is likely to become a new discipline on its own.”

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