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Primeur weekly 2019-12-02

Exascale supercomputing

LUMI supercomputer will arrive soon - CSC signed the Hosting Agreement with EuroHPC ...

The way is open to building world-class supercomputers in Europe ...

Crowd computing

Crowdsourced 'supercomputer' enables more localised and accurate rainfall forecasts ...

Quantum computing

Researchers reach milestone in quantum standardization ...

Ultrafast quantum simulations: A new twist to an old approach ...

Middleware

OpenNebula 5.10 "Boomerang" released ...

Hardware

Boston to continue HPC Roadshow in South Africa at the CHPC Conference ...

Fujitsu begins shipping supercomputer Fugaku ...

KISTI collaborates with Rescale to diversify R&D service of KISTI-5 supercomputer, Nurion ...

Applications

Rethinking brain-inspired computing from the atom up ...

Toward more efficient computing, with magnetic waves ...

A new theory for how black holes and neutron stars shine bright ...

Molecular eraser enables better data storage and computers for AI ...

Argonne and TAE Technologies heating up plasma energy research ...

IBM makes higher quality weather forecasts available worldwide ...

How the immune system gets on the wrong track ...

Pervasive Technology Institute and Cancer Computer join forces for cure ...

TOP500

CNES's Data Processing Centre increases capacity and reaches 15th place in IO500 world ranking ...

WekaIO places first on IO-500 Challenge ...

The Cloud

NetApp and Google Cloud advance strategic partnership to drive innovation in the Cloud ...

USFlash

Atos grows Santos Dumont supercomputer capacity fivefold making it largest in Latin America ...

Pervasive Technology Institute and Cancer Computer join forces for cure


The Cancer Computer hardware will be housed in the IU Data Center in Bloomington. The structure is a 90.000-square-foot, reinforced concrete bunker designed to withstand winds greater than 291 miles per hour.
21 Nov 2019 Bloomington - Indiana University's (IU) Pervasive Technology Institute (PTI) and the Canadian non-profit Cancer Computer are teaming up to increase cancer research capacity - and ultimately hasten a cure for the deadly disease.

The two parties recently signed a three-year co-location agreement to allow Cancer Computer to place hardware in the IU Data Center in Bloomington. In exchange, IU will provide facility infrastructure - space, power, cooling, network, etc. - while Cancer Computer will supply the hardware and remote administration of the hardware. Hardware installation is slated for December 2019.

"It's a very simple, but very powerful idea", stated Rob Quick, an associate director at PTI and main contact on the project. "In essence, Cancer Computer repurposes donated hardware to increase the computing capacity available to cancer researchers. IU will provide a home for this hardware, as it analyzes cancer data to uncover a cure."

Seventy-five percent of Cancer Computer's hardware will be prioritized for IU-based cancer researchers, while the rest will be earmarked for national and international cancer researchers. One IU project that will continue to benefit is the IU School of Medicine Structural Protein-Ligand Interactome (SPLInter), which has been using Cancer Computer resources for several years.

"We're grateful for the opportunity to extend our three-year relationship with Indiana University by providing an eight-server, high-memory cluster, with a 40 terabyte high-IOPS, all-flash array to deploy a powerful bioinformatics workflow management system capable of supporting IU researchers in the cancer domain", stated Roy Chartier, founder and chief technology officer, Cancer Computer.

The SPLInter project is an online database that predicts interactions of small organic molecules with proteins. This is important data to have, as small-molecule therapeutics, such as the anti-cancer drug Gleevec, work by binding to a specific protein in the body and modulating its function. Cancer researchers work to pinpoint proteins in cancer cells, and find compounds that target those proteins, all in hopes of shutting them down.

IU's new partnership with Cancer Computer was born from IU's long-term relationship with the Open Science Grid (OSG). Quick previously led the operations effort for the OSG, but has since moved into a position at PTI as the associate director of the Cyberinfrastructure Integration Research Center.

"In the process of working with Cancer Computer colleagues to execute cancer jobs on OSG, I became an active supporter of their mission", Rob Quick stated. "It's an honour to have a part in increasing the research capacity directly aimed at 'computing for a cure'."
Source: Indiana University

Back to Table of contents

Primeur weekly 2019-12-02

Exascale supercomputing

LUMI supercomputer will arrive soon - CSC signed the Hosting Agreement with EuroHPC ...

The way is open to building world-class supercomputers in Europe ...

Crowd computing

Crowdsourced 'supercomputer' enables more localised and accurate rainfall forecasts ...

Quantum computing

Researchers reach milestone in quantum standardization ...

Ultrafast quantum simulations: A new twist to an old approach ...

Middleware

OpenNebula 5.10 "Boomerang" released ...

Hardware

Boston to continue HPC Roadshow in South Africa at the CHPC Conference ...

Fujitsu begins shipping supercomputer Fugaku ...

KISTI collaborates with Rescale to diversify R&D service of KISTI-5 supercomputer, Nurion ...

Applications

Rethinking brain-inspired computing from the atom up ...

Toward more efficient computing, with magnetic waves ...

A new theory for how black holes and neutron stars shine bright ...

Molecular eraser enables better data storage and computers for AI ...

Argonne and TAE Technologies heating up plasma energy research ...

IBM makes higher quality weather forecasts available worldwide ...

How the immune system gets on the wrong track ...

Pervasive Technology Institute and Cancer Computer join forces for cure ...

TOP500

CNES's Data Processing Centre increases capacity and reaches 15th place in IO500 world ranking ...

WekaIO places first on IO-500 Challenge ...

The Cloud

NetApp and Google Cloud advance strategic partnership to drive innovation in the Cloud ...

USFlash

Atos grows Santos Dumont supercomputer capacity fivefold making it largest in Latin America ...