High Performance Bioinformatics

Wednesday, 9 December 2020 (All day) to Friday, 11 December 2020 (All day)

This course will be held in Italian.

Registration will open about three months before the course/school starts.

Coordinating teacher: S.Gioiosa


This course focuses on the development and execution of bioinformatics pipelines and on their optimization with regards to computing time and disk space. In an era where the data produced per-analysis is in the order of terabytes, simple serial bioinformatic pipelines are no longer feasible. Hence the need for scalable, high-performance parallelization and analysis tools which can easily cope with large-scale datasets. To this end, we will study the common performance bottlenecks emerging from everyday bioinformatic pipelines and see how to strike down the execution times for effective data analysis on current and future supercomputers.
As a case study, a transcriptome data analysis will be presented and re-implemented on the supercomputers of CINECA thanks to ad-hoc hands-on sessions aimed at applying the concepts explained in the course.


By the end of the course each student should be able to:

  • Manage the transfer of big data files and/or large number of files from the local computer to the Cineca platforms and vice versa
  • Prepare the software environment to analyse big amount of biological data on a supercomputer;
  • Run single parallel bioinformatic programs on a supercomputer
  • Combine bioinformatics applications into pipelines on a supercomputer

Target audience:

Biologists, bioinformaticians and computer scientists interested in approaching large-scale NGS-data analysis for the first time.


Basic knowledge of python and shell command line. A very basic knowledge of biology is recommended but not required.


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Cineca is a non profit Consortium, made up of 70 Italian universities, 5 Italian Research Institutions and the Italian Ministry of Education.

Today it is the largest Italian computing centre, one of the most important worldwide. With more seven hundred employees, it operates in the technological transfer sector through high performance scientific computing, the management and development of networks and web based services, and the development of complex information systems for treating large amounts of data.

It develops advanced Information Technology applications and services, acting like a trait-d'union between the academic world, the sphere of pure research and the world of industry and Public Administration. .

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