IT Services

EMBL IT Services provide IT infrastructure, services and support to EMBL’s scientific community and administration in Heidelberg, Rome, Barcelona, as well as other EMBL sites.

Our mission is to empower our users by providing a state-of-the-art, affordable and easy-to-use IT environment.

Empowering Science

Bringing Digital Biology To Life

Research in molecular life science is becoming data-intensive. As new technologies enable EMBL’s scientists to acquire more – and more complex – data, the IT Services team deploys innovative approaches to help them store, analyse and make sense of that wealth of information.

3D Cloud: Efficient image analysis

The EMBL 3D Cloud is a flexible, scalable virtualisation infrastructure that enables users to process microscopy data without having to move large datasets multiple times.

What people say

Handling datasets

Alba Diz-Muñoz – Group Leader, Cell Biology and Biophysics Unit

“What I find very special about the IT department here is that you can come to them with a problem and they’ll solve it very quickly. The efficiency of the team is really remarkable.”

Maximizing Power

Luis Pedro Coelho – Postdoctoral Fellow, Bork Group

“I could use a huge chunk of EMBL’s high-performance computing cluster for several weeks without causing problems for anyone else.”

What people need

Jurij Pecar – Unix Systems Manager

“Image analysis that used to take about 30 days to run on 250 CPUs now takes around 30 hours on the GPU.”

Efficient computation

Jaime Huerta – Research Scientist, Bork Group

“I’m very happy with the new system they’re setting up, which is the state-of-the-art in high-performance computing.”