Biomedical researchers at the University of Minnesota and at the Mayo Clinic are seeking ways to allow collaborating research groups to efficiently share datasets and data analysis tools. Such capabilities would enable researchers to improve the quality of their work and foster new collaborative research and clinical projects. In 2007, the Minnesota Supercomputing Institute (MSI) and the Bioinformatics group at the Mayo Clinic received a 2-year grant from the Minnesota Partnership for Biotechnology and Medical Genomics to develop a system to provide these capabilities. This project is called TROPIX.
TROPIX is MSI's first open source project based on the caGrid software infrastructure. MSI is also developing other projects (ProTIP and the TINT Portal) that heavily utilize the software and infrastructure that was developed during TROPIX. Each project provides unique and complementary features to enable research: