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Primeur weekly 2021-01-11

Exascale supercomputing

Preparing an earthquake risk assessment application for exascale ...

Quantum computing

A bit too much: reducing the bit width of Ising models for quantum annealing ...

The world's first integrated quantum communication network ...

Focus on Europe

GBP 20 million funding boost for science supercomputer will drive science simulation and UK-wide innovation ...

Northern Data acquires data centre site in Northern Sweden fully powered by green energy ...

Research and Markets to issue report on High Performance Computing (HPC) Market by Component, Deployment Type, Organization Size, Server Prices Band, Application Area, and Region - Global Forecast to 2025 ...

Environmental researchers benefit from powerful supercomputer at Plymouth Marine Laboratory ...

Middleware

XSEDE welcomes new service providers ...

Hardware

IBM appoints Gary D. Cohn as Vice Chairman ...

IBM appoints Martin Schroeter as CEO of "NewCo" independent managed infrastructure services business to spin out from IBM ...

Light-based processors boost machine-learning processing ...

E4 Computer Engineering announces University of Pisa as the first customer of Ultrafast Storage, Totally Integrated (USTI), the new solution for high performance distributed block storage ...

Existing Northern Data bitcoin mining customer expands contract volume by more than 200 MW ...

Power XL Pro launched as new professional server based on AMD EPYC technology ...

Swinburne-led research team demonstrates world's fastest optical neuromorphic processor ...

Applications

Supercomputer models describe chloride's role in corrosion ...

HPC-AI Advisory Council to host HPC AI AC Conference in Japan on January, 26 ...

Insights through atomic simulation ...

Advanced materials in a snap ...

New data-driven global climate model provides projections for urban environments ...

Frequency data for stable power supply ...

Physicists observe competition between magnetic orders ...

UTSA Artificial Intelligence Consortium receives over $1 million in research funding ...

Entangling electrons with heat ...

NIO partners with NVIDIA to develop a new generation of automated driving electric vehicles ...

Navantia leverages Ansys' digital transformation solutions to design next-gen naval vessels ...

Engineering graduate student places second in international research competition ...

The Cloud

Covid-19 genome sequencing project gets major upgrade ...

IBM provides Harris-Stowe State University with $2 million in Artificial Intelligence and open hybrid Cloud technology resources to help students build modern skills ...

IBM and Avertra collaborate to drive digital transformation for energy & utilities clients with IBM Cloud ...

UJET CCaaS Cloud contact centre now available on Oracle Cloud Marketplace ...

Covid-19 genome sequencing project gets major upgrade

7 Jan 2021 Birmingham - Supercomputing facilities set up to track the spread and evolution of the COVID-19 pandemic have received GBP 1,2 million in government funding to expand globally. The grant is part of a major GBP 213 million investment by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) to upgrade the UK's scientific infrastructure.

The new funding will enable the CLIMB COVID-19 project, led by the University of Birmingham and Cardiff University, to carry out significant upgrades to its computational equipment, enabling it to process and store genomic data on a global scale.

CLIMB COVID-19 is a Big Data project currently supporting the COVID-19 Genomics consortium (COG-UK), set up to deliver large scale, rapid sequencing of the causes of COVID-19. Partners also include the Universities of Warwick, Swansea, Bath and Leicester, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and the Quadram Institute Bioscience.

CLIMB COVID-19 emerged from the CLIMB-BIG-DATA project in March 2020 as a bioinformatics platform providing data analysis pipelines, computing and storage capacity required to analyse the large genome datasets produced by COG-UK. The project has so far sequenced more than 150.000 genomes in the UK.

Bioinformatics and phylogenetics are key steps to making use of genome data to understand better how the virus spreads, and how it is evolving.

The recent global spread of novel variants of concern have demonstrated the value of genomic surveillance as viruses do not respect borders and can move quickly and easily. It is important to track viruses with different biological properties in order to make informed public health interventions, and to understand better the efficacy of drugs and vaccines.

Use of genome sequencing for COVID-19 in many countries has been limited, however. This new funding will enable global genomic data to be stored and processed. It will also enable researchers to extend research to cover other pathogens with pandemic potential as well as tracking other threats such as anti-microbial resistance (AMR).

Nick Loman, Professor of Microbial Genomics and Bioinformatics at the University of Birmingham, stated: "This funding will be transformative to pay for additional capacity to permit us to offer our SARS-CoV-2 analysis infrastructure to a global audience."

"We anticipate being able to help support the sequencing efforts of many countries who may have limited computing resources by offering our Cloud-based system which can be accessed from anywhere. Researchers can see how genomes from their local population relate to the hundreds of thousands of others collected around the world easily."

"By allowing a global audience to benefit from the new CLIMB resources we can help facilitate equitable data sharing for fighting COVID-19."

Professor Thomas Connor, of the School of Biosciences at Cardiff University, stated: "The success of CLIMB-COVID has been built on collaborative endeavour, and we are excited that we will be able to support global collaboration through this new award."

"Within the NHS in the UK we have seen first-hand the considerable benefit of genomics to support the response to COVID-19. This funding will provide a valuable route to share these translational benefits with other public health agencies and health care professionals around the world."

Professor Connor added: "SARS-CoV-2 provides a great example of the relevance and power of genomics to track and characterise pathogens in real time. There are many other pathogens which are globally significant, and which would benefit from a global collaborative platform - and we are looking forward to being able to support global genomics efforts for other many of these key pathogens."

Professor Mark Pallen, from the Quadram Institute Bioscience, Norwich, is Principal Investigator for the CLIMB-BIG-DATA project. He stated: "It's highly rewarding to see the intellectual and financial investment that has gone into the CLIMB Cloud computing project, and its successor CLIMB-BIG-DATA, underpinning such cutting-edge efforts to control infection on the world stage."

The funding is part of UKRI's World Class Labs programme, which has announced awards to 43 medical research institutes across the UK. It is designed to expand and upgrade existing research infrastructure to help UK researchers tackle major challenges such as the COVID-19 research and recovery.

Announcing the funding, Science Minister Amanda Solloway stated: "The response from UK scientists and researchers to coronavirus has been nothing short of phenomenal. We need to match this excellence by ensuring scientific facilities are truly world class, so scientists can continue carrying out life-changing research for years to come as we build back better from the pandemic."
Source: University of Birmingham

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Primeur weekly 2021-01-11

Exascale supercomputing

Preparing an earthquake risk assessment application for exascale ...

Quantum computing

A bit too much: reducing the bit width of Ising models for quantum annealing ...

The world's first integrated quantum communication network ...

Focus on Europe

GBP 20 million funding boost for science supercomputer will drive science simulation and UK-wide innovation ...

Northern Data acquires data centre site in Northern Sweden fully powered by green energy ...

Research and Markets to issue report on High Performance Computing (HPC) Market by Component, Deployment Type, Organization Size, Server Prices Band, Application Area, and Region - Global Forecast to 2025 ...

Environmental researchers benefit from powerful supercomputer at Plymouth Marine Laboratory ...

Middleware

XSEDE welcomes new service providers ...

Hardware

IBM appoints Gary D. Cohn as Vice Chairman ...

IBM appoints Martin Schroeter as CEO of "NewCo" independent managed infrastructure services business to spin out from IBM ...

Light-based processors boost machine-learning processing ...

E4 Computer Engineering announces University of Pisa as the first customer of Ultrafast Storage, Totally Integrated (USTI), the new solution for high performance distributed block storage ...

Existing Northern Data bitcoin mining customer expands contract volume by more than 200 MW ...

Power XL Pro launched as new professional server based on AMD EPYC technology ...

Swinburne-led research team demonstrates world's fastest optical neuromorphic processor ...

Applications

Supercomputer models describe chloride's role in corrosion ...

HPC-AI Advisory Council to host HPC AI AC Conference in Japan on January, 26 ...

Insights through atomic simulation ...

Advanced materials in a snap ...

New data-driven global climate model provides projections for urban environments ...

Frequency data for stable power supply ...

Physicists observe competition between magnetic orders ...

UTSA Artificial Intelligence Consortium receives over $1 million in research funding ...

Entangling electrons with heat ...

NIO partners with NVIDIA to develop a new generation of automated driving electric vehicles ...

Navantia leverages Ansys' digital transformation solutions to design next-gen naval vessels ...

Engineering graduate student places second in international research competition ...

The Cloud

Covid-19 genome sequencing project gets major upgrade ...

IBM provides Harris-Stowe State University with $2 million in Artificial Intelligence and open hybrid Cloud technology resources to help students build modern skills ...

IBM and Avertra collaborate to drive digital transformation for energy & utilities clients with IBM Cloud ...

UJET CCaaS Cloud contact centre now available on Oracle Cloud Marketplace ...