TurboWorx this week announced a suite of tools aimed at improving workflow in high-throughput, high-performance computing research environments.
"One of the challenges life science companies face is building workflows," says Jeff Augen, TurboWorx’s president and chief executive officer (CEO). He notes that the common approach to conducing research is to "list the things a researcher does and connect the steps".
Such workflows are developed by an individual scientist or a group within a life science organisation. Often the process is quite complex (if you get this result, do this; if that result, do that; if another result, go here for feedback; etc.).
The new TurboWorx tools give companies a graphical tool to create the complex data workflows commonly employed in life science research and development.
In many cases, steps in a research process involve analyzing data by running a distributed application on a cluster. "You might use many applications to build workflow into a cluster," says Augen. So TurboWorx has included a cluster management tool in the suite of tools.
The company realised that the way workflow processes are created depends on an organization’s business or research structure. In some companies, individual researchers would want the capability to build workflows, while in other companies, a department or even corporate group might handle the process.
For that reason, TurboWorx is offering three versions of its tools. These include the TurboWorx Builder, TurboWorx Group and TurboWorx Enterprise. The suite also includes TurboWorx ClusterManager.
Starting price for the tools is $US499.