BioInformatics is an interdisciplinary field that develops and improves upon methods for storing, retrieving, organizing and analyzing biological data.  Significant computing resources are needed to analyze the large amounts of information that are generated in the biological sciences.  Large scale computer systems are needed to allow scientists to investigate new types of data and the relation to databases and other digital information. Bioinformatics uses many areas of computer science, mathematics and engineering to process biological data. Complex machines are used to read in biological data at a much faster rate than before. Databases and information systems are used to store and organize biological data. Analyzing biological data may involve algorithms in artificial intelligence, soft computing, data mining, image processing, and simulation.

Popular Applications Include:

  • 454/Newbler
  • Abyss
  • Bowtie
  • CLC Bio
  • Illumina
  • mpiBLAST
  • SOAPDenovo
  • Trinity
  • Velvet