• CoARE Conducts 2nd HPC Training for IRRI

    The Computing and Archiving Research Environment (CoARE) team of the DOST – Advanced Science and Technology Institute (DOST-ASTI) conducted its second High-Performance Computing (HPC) Training for International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) in Los Baños, Laguna last May 19, 2016. IRRI is one of the largest users of CoARE Facility.

    IRRI is a non-profit organization that aims to improve farmers’ health and welfare; tackle climate change; improve food security; protect the rice-growing environment; and reduce hunger and poverty through rice research. One of projects of IRRI is the notable 3,000 Rice Genomes (3KRG) Project. It is a collaborative effort to sequence 3,024 rice varieties from different countries. To archive over 120 terabytes of downloadable data of the 3KRG, the project uses the data storage facility of the DOST-ASTI.

    The DOST-ASTI CoARE offers three main services. HPC is one of it. The HPC training held in IRRI aims to help the attendees be equipped with the basic knowledge about the HPC facility and how to use it for research.

    HPC is used to process data using various applications and perform large scale calculations. IRRI’s projects require high requirements for high-performance computing and because of this, a collaboration was forged between the two institutions. DOST-ASTI and IRRI collaboration will pave way for more advanced rice researches in the future.

    It was the second time that an HPC training was held for IRRI. The first training was attended by the first bioinformatics team while this time, it was a mix of scientists, researchers, postdoctoral fellows, Science Research Specialists, consultants and scholars in IRRI.

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  • CoARE Holds First ASTI-HPC Users' Training for 2017

     The Computing and Archiving Research Environment (CoARE) Project of the Department of Science and Technology-Advanced Science and Technology Institute (DOST-ASTI) conducted a  three-hour ASTI-HPC Users' Training last April 19, 2017 participated by University of the Philippines MS Meteorology students of Dr. Gay Jane Perez of  the UP-IESM. The lecture-training focused on how to utilize the High-Performance Computing capabilities of the CoARE facility in ASTI, which is open for use by researchers in the academe, government, and other research organizations for free.

    pic2UP-IESM Students were able to grasp the basics of HPC Usage

    The discussions in the lecture-training covered an overview and basic usage of the HPC system of the CoARE facility. Aside from that, several topics were covered including Suggested Applications, SSH Keys, Cluster Connections, and Job Management on the HPC. Also,  one of CoARE’s Senior Science Research Specialists, Jay Samuel Combinido, facilitated the training and shared some information on RegCM or the Regional Climate Model system, which would be very valuable for the students in getting familiarized with climate models. There was also a demo where all of the students were able to access and run commands on the HPC remotely.

    pic3Students had an overview of the Regional Climate Model System

    This lecture is the first of three series of lectures which will be conducted for the MS Meteorology students. CoARE aims to foster more mutually beneficial partnerships like these with other researchers, students, and academics in order to generate and uphold collaborative knowledge using the capabilities of HPC.

    pic4Mr. Jay Samuel Combinido gave the lecture on HPC

    For more information regarding the training or the project, please visit and like CoARE Project’s Facebook and Twitter pages.


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  • DOST-ASTI CoARE Aims for More Collab, Data Sharing

    The Computing and Archiving Research Environment (CoARE), a project under the Department of Science and Technology - Advanced Science and Technology Institute (DOST-ASTI), held its first stakeholders forum with the theme "Collaborate to Innovate, Share to Contribute" last June 8, 2016 at the DOST-ASTI Building, UP Technopark Complex, Diliman, Quezon City.

    For the previous DOST-ASTI CoARE fora, the aim is to garner more users. Now that the users are established, the focus now lies on the two important things for ASTI: collaboration and data sharing. DOST-ASTI CoARE has collaborated with different local and international institutions which are in need of the services offered: High-Performance Computing (HPC), Storage, and Cloud.

    One of the institutions that utilizes the CoARE facility is the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI). IRRI, through its
    3,000 Rice Genomes (3KRG) Project, uses the data storage facility of the DOST-ASTI to archive its 120 terabytes of downloadable data. The 3KRG Project is an international effort to sequence 3,024 rice varieties from 89 countries. There are 124, 000 registered and incoming accessions from 117 countries, but only 5 % of the collection is used for IRRI breeding program.

    IRRI uses Big Data in rice research. The challenge they have now is to meet yield target needed for population growth by 2050. To be able to reach this target, the use of Big Data is needed especially in rice research on sequence variation. Sequencing is important to know the quality and variant of the Oryza sativa (rice). Sequencing can help in visualizing the appearance of O. sativa and to know if it's drown tolerant or not. Also, characterization – planting to know what the grain looks like, costs more than sequencing. Archiving the 3KRG datasets in the CoARE facility has helped IRRI in cutting costs since the service is for free.


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Over the years, the emergence of information and communications technology has greatly affected the lives of people in the world crossing borders among countries and bringing access closer to one another. In the same token, the birth of Microelectronics has resulted to progress in the development of smaller, lighter and more efficient electronic devices.

This development has a striking resemblance to the birth of one of the research and development institutes of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) – the Advanced Science and Technology Institute (ASTI). It was in 1987 when President Corazon C. Aquino renamed the then National Science and Technology Authority (NSTA) to Department of Science and Technology (DOST). As an offshoot of such sequential events, the DOST-ASTI was created as a research and development institute of the Department by virtue of Executive Order No. 128.

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