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CRAG Adopts Pure Storage for Agricultural Genomics

The Centre for Research in Agricultural Genomics (CRAG) in Spain has announced plans to deploy Pure Storage solutions to improve its high performance computing environment. CRAG is dedicated to cutting-edge scientific research in plant and farm animal biology. The new solution ensures the speed, scalability and stability required by CRAG’s scientists to carry out vital research projects.

Atos Powers HPC for Genomic Pilot Platform

Atos was recently selected by GCS AURAGEN to provide and orchestrate the high-performance computing infrastructure and storage of a new genomic pilot platform for high-flow sequencing calculation. “The Atos solution is designed to support the entire life cycle of genomic data – from DNA sequencing to analysis production.”

Big Compute Podcast: HPC and Genomics to Revolutionize Medicine

In this Big Compute Podcast episode, Gabriel Broner hosts Mark Borodkin, COO of Bionano Genomics, to discuss how genomics and HPC enable doctors and researchers to diagnose complex diseases and prescribe unique personalized treatments based on individual variations of the DNA. “We decided to abstract HPC in the cloud through Rescale and our software. All our customers need to know is that the solution offers the security and performance they need, and they don’t need to learn the new jargon of cloud.”

Podcast: Seeing the Black Hole with Big Data

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team discusses how the news of the cool visualization of an actual black hole leads to interesting issues in HPC land. “The real point: the daunting 1.75 PB of raw data from each telescope meant a lot of physical drives that had to be flown to the data center. Henry leads a discussion about the race between bandwidth and data size.”

Video: LANL Creates first Billion-atom Biomolecular Simulation

Researchers at Los Alamos National Laboratory have created the largest simulation to date of an entire gene of DNA, a feat that required one billion atoms to model and will help researchers to better understand and develop cures for diseases like cancer. “It is important to understand DNA at this level of detail because we want to understand precisely how genes turn on and off,” said Karissa Sanbonmatsu, a structural biologist at Los Alamos. “Knowing how this happens could unlock the secrets to how many diseases occur.”

Spectra Logic and Arcitecta team up for Genomics Data Management

Spectra Logic is teaming with Arcitecta for tackling the massive datasets used in life sciences. The two companies will showcase their joint solutions at the BioIT World conference this week in Boston. “Addressing the needs of the life sciences market with reliable data storage lies at the heart of the Spectra and Arcitecta relationship,” said Spectra CTO Matt Starr. “This joint solution enables customers to better manage their data and metadata by optimizing multiple storage targets, retrieving data efficiently and tracking content and resources.”

Custom Atos Supercomputer to Speed Genome Analysis at CNAG-CRG in Barcelona

Atos will soon deploy a Bull supercomputer at the Centro Nacional de Análisis Genómico (CNAG-CRG) in Barcelona for large-scale DNA sequencing and analysis. To support the vast process and calculation demands needed for this analysis, CNAG-CRG worked with Atos to build this custom-made analytics platform, which helps drive new insights ten times faster than its previous HPC system. “Atos helped us to set up a robust platform to conduct in-depth high-performance data analytics on genome sequences, which is the perfect complement to our outstanding sequencing platform”, stated Ivo Gut, CNAG-CRG Director.

Parabricks and SkyScale Raise the Performance Bar for Genomic Analysis

“In the modern world of genomics where analysis of 10’s of thousands of genomes is required for research, the cost per genome and the number of genomes per time are critical parameters. Parabricks adaption of the GATK4 Best Practice workflows running seamlessly on SkyScale’s Accelerated Cloud provides unparalleled price and throughput efficiency to help unlock the power of the human genome.”

Dell EMC Does Supercomputing Genomics Down Under

The Garvan Institute of Medical Research has selected Dell EMC to deliver an HPC system for Garvan’s Data Intensive Computer Engineering (DICE) group, designed to push scientific boundaries and transform the way genomic research is currently performed in Australia. “Genomics, the study of information encoded in an individual’s DNA, allows researchers to study how genes impact health and disease. When the first human genome was sequenced, the project took over 10 years and cost almost US$3 billion. In recent years, extraordinary advancements in DNA sequencing have made the analysis of whole human genomes viable, and today, Garvan can sequence up to 50 genomes a day at a base price of around US$1,000.”

DDN and Parabricks Accelerate Genome Analysis

Today DDN announced a Parabricks technology solution that provides massive acceleration for analysis of human genomes. The breakthrough platform combines GPU supercomputing performance with DDN’s Parallel Flash Data Platforms for fastest time to results, and enables unprecedented capabilities for high-throughput genomics analysis pipelines. The joint solution also ensures full saturation of GPUs for maximum efficiency and provides analysis capabilities that previously required thousands of CPUs to engage.