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PhD Defense - Andrew Thrasher

Start: 7/5/2013 at 2:00PM
End: 7/5/2013 at 5:00PM
Location: 384 Fitzpatrick Hall
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Andrew Thrasher, a Computer Science and Engineering PhD candidate, will be presenting and defending his dissertation:

"Leveraging Large-Scale Distributed Systems for Massive Biological Datasets"

on July 5th at 2:00 pm in 384 Fitzpatrick Hall.

His advisor, Dr. Scott Emrich along with committee members Dr. Michael Pfrender, Dr. Adam Phillippy and Dr. Douglas Thain will be in attendance.

Faculty and students are welcome to attend the presentation portion of the defense.  Light refreshments will be served.


The tremendous increase in available data in bioinformatics necessitates computational approaches which leverage a wide variety of computing resources. These systems must be easy for the user and add minimal overhead for developers. Developers must also take advantage of these systems and build tools and applications which are highly portable and have low overheads while being capable of running on a large variety of resources.

To this end, we present multiple applications and modifications with lessons learned and guidelines for development. Additionally these applications provide useful modifications to the community. Finally we provide a use case which leverages distributed computing and without which, would be computationally infeasible.