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Primeur live 2019-06-19

Focus on Europe

NEC to deploy direct-liquid cooled, AMD EPYC processor powered supercomputer for the German Aerospace Center (DLR) ...

Middleware

MathWorks enhances academic research with new unlimited scaling and collaboration opportunities in MATLAB ...

Mellanox liquid cooled HDR 200G multi-host InfiniBand adapters accelerate Lenovo's most advanced liquid cooled server platform ...

Xilinx hits milestone with first customer shipments of Versal ACAP ...

Altair signs reseller agreement with NEC for PBS Professional ...

Altair brings powerful design and engineering software to broader community with the release of Altair HyperWorks 2019 ...

Hardware

Penguin Computing offers early availability programme for Intel Xeon Platinum 9200 series processor-based server for AI and HPC ...

Asperitas and partners present sustainable HPC data centre services at ISC 2019 ...

HPC-AI Advisory Council launches world-wide Student Cluster Competition Leadership List ...

Applications

NEC received a 50 million euro order from the Deutscher Wetterdienst (DWD) for a highly innovative European weather forecasting system using NEC SX-Aurora TSUBASA ...

Tohoku University boosts analytical capacity for biobank medical research ...

Cray supercomputer to accelerate environmental genomics research at Singapore Centre for Environmental Life Sciences Engineering ...

Swiss Federal Office of Meteorology and Climatology advances weather forecasting with new Cray supercomputer and storage ...

TOP500

IBM-powered supercomputers lead semi-annual rankings ...

Frontera named 5th fastest supercomputer in the world ...

The Cloud

NetApp revolutionizes data fabric to dominate hybrid Multicloud ...

IBM POWER9 on IBM Cloud to help accelerate adoption of hybrid Cloud ...

Company news

Bright Cluster Manager now a qualified software stack for Intel Select Solutions for Simulation & Modelling ...

DDN unveils EXA5 for HPC, Big Data and AI acceleration & Multicloud data management at ISC19 ...

IBM develops world's most powerful commercial supercomputer for Total ...

Tohoku University boosts analytical capacity for biobank medical research


17 Jun 2019 Frankfurt, Santa Clara - Tohoku University Tohoku Medical Megabank Organization (ToMMo) has increased its supercomputing capacity to build an advanced medical system, by increasing the capabilities and efficiency of the supercomputer-powered biobank, leveraging DDN solutions and NVIDIA DGX-1 servers.

Designed for large-scale medical information technology research and analytics, ToMMo was overhauled in 2018 with the goal of improving competitiveness and providing access to data and computational/analytical functionality with both internal and external research organisations. These improvements included greatly expanding its DDN shared parallel storage appliance capacity to 29 PB and connecting the system to NVIDIA DGX-1 GPU-based servers running Parabricks genomic analytical software. The result was a dramatic increase in system performance.

"By bringing in new technologies we didn’t have in the beginning - AI, GPUs, next-generation CPUs, and ultra-high-performance data storage - we have boosted our analytical capacity and our sample sizes, giving us a major leg up in terms of the accuracy of our data analyses", stated Professor Kengo Kinoshita, Ph. D., deputy executive director of ToMMo and director of the Center for Genome Platform Projects. "By being able to deal with a much larger dataset, we have been able to develop successful new methodologies that had previously only existed in theory." DDN enabled a system overhaul under limited budgets and smoothly migrated an approximately 6PB of existing data to the new system within two days without interruption.

The number of whole-genome sequence data from samples supplied by residents in the disaster area of the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami is expected to reach around 5000 by the end of 2019. The number of total participants in the organisation's cohort studies has reached 150,000 and the samples and data collected as part of these studies has been put to use by ToMMo, as well as a large number of outside researchers to accelerate and advance many research projects.

"Advanced genomic modeling will very likely be the foundation for a large portion of all future medical experimentation, research and ultimately breakthroughs", stated Kurt Kuckein, DDN’s director of marketing. "All of us at DDN have been thrilled to be working closely with ToMMo on its efforts to build one of the world’s preeminent biobanks. It is gratifying to be able to help our customers be able to deliver potentially life altering services."

"When a child born today falls ill fifty years from now, being able to trace their entire medical history would be an incredible achievement", stated Professor Kinoshita. "I want to build a system where the data when that person was three years old can be called up in an instant. That vision is what led us to expand our total data storage pool to 29 petabytes."

Source: DataDirect Networks - DDN

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Primeur live 2019-06-19

Focus on Europe

NEC to deploy direct-liquid cooled, AMD EPYC processor powered supercomputer for the German Aerospace Center (DLR) ...

Middleware

MathWorks enhances academic research with new unlimited scaling and collaboration opportunities in MATLAB ...

Mellanox liquid cooled HDR 200G multi-host InfiniBand adapters accelerate Lenovo's most advanced liquid cooled server platform ...

Xilinx hits milestone with first customer shipments of Versal ACAP ...

Altair signs reseller agreement with NEC for PBS Professional ...

Altair brings powerful design and engineering software to broader community with the release of Altair HyperWorks 2019 ...

Hardware

Penguin Computing offers early availability programme for Intel Xeon Platinum 9200 series processor-based server for AI and HPC ...

Asperitas and partners present sustainable HPC data centre services at ISC 2019 ...

HPC-AI Advisory Council launches world-wide Student Cluster Competition Leadership List ...

Applications

NEC received a 50 million euro order from the Deutscher Wetterdienst (DWD) for a highly innovative European weather forecasting system using NEC SX-Aurora TSUBASA ...

Tohoku University boosts analytical capacity for biobank medical research ...

Cray supercomputer to accelerate environmental genomics research at Singapore Centre for Environmental Life Sciences Engineering ...

Swiss Federal Office of Meteorology and Climatology advances weather forecasting with new Cray supercomputer and storage ...

TOP500

IBM-powered supercomputers lead semi-annual rankings ...

Frontera named 5th fastest supercomputer in the world ...

The Cloud

NetApp revolutionizes data fabric to dominate hybrid Multicloud ...

IBM POWER9 on IBM Cloud to help accelerate adoption of hybrid Cloud ...

Company news

Bright Cluster Manager now a qualified software stack for Intel Select Solutions for Simulation & Modelling ...

DDN unveils EXA5 for HPC, Big Data and AI acceleration & Multicloud data management at ISC19 ...

IBM develops world's most powerful commercial supercomputer for Total ...