IT Services

Information Technology to empower the EMBL community

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.”