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Primeur weekly 2017-02-13

Focus

Funding agencies and academia need to rethink reward structure for computational tool developers to tackle big scientific challenges ...

OpenAire to support more technical e-Infrastructures with Open Research Data guidelines, publication and training ...

Exascale supercomputing

ISC High Performance keynote forecasts future role of HPC in weather and climage prediction ...

Crowd computing

Towards equal access to digital coins ...

Quantum computing

Large groups of photons on demand - an equivalent of photonic 'integrated circuit' ...

Protecting quantum computing networks against hacking threats ...

Sorting machine for atoms ...

Focus on Europe

HPC-Europa3 provides access to European HPC systems ...

Peter the Great Saint Petersburg Polytechnic University is first university to introduce computational computer code for Airbus ...

Middleware

Introducing Hazelcast Jet: a new lightweight, distributed data processing engine ...

Bright Computing announces strategic alliance with Curtiss-Wright ...

Hardware

NVIDIA powers new class of supercomputing workstations with breakthrough capabilities for design and engineering ...

Van Andel research institute optimises HPC pipeline to drive research discoveries and new drug therapies with end-to-end DDN solution ...

CoolIT Systems issued U.S. patent for modular heat-transfer solutions ...

ORNL researchers break data transfer efficiency record ...

Cray reports 2016 full year and fourth quarter financial results ...

Supermicro deploys 30,000+ MicroBlade servers to enable one of the world's highest Efficiency (1.06 PUE) data centres ...

Mellanox ships more than 100,000 cables for next generation 100 Gb/s networks ...

UMass Amherst boosts deep learning research with powerful new GPU cluster ...

Oak Ridge National Laboratory enhances data integrity and accessibility with Active Archive Solutions ...

Applications

ANSYS spurs pervasive engineering simulation with release 18 ...

Computing sciences students: Get your team together for the SC17 Student Cluster Competition in Denver ...

Latest Allinea update advances code optimization across platforms ...

Con Edison selects C3 IoT for Big Data and predictive analytics platform and applications ...

New algorithms may revolutionize drug discoveries - and our understanding of life ...

When data's deep, dark places need to be illuminated ...

Computer trained to predict which AML patients will go into remission and which will relapse ...

The Cloud

Cycle Computing collaborates with ANSYS on its Enterprise Cloud HPC offering ...

IBM launches "Digital - Nation Africa" and invests $70 million to bring digital skills to Africa with free, Watson-powered skills platform for 25 million people ...

Van Andel research institute optimises HPC pipeline to drive research discoveries and new drug therapies with end-to-end DDN solution

7 Feb 2017 Santa Clara - Van Andel Research Institute (VARI), a premier independent research organisation, has implemented DataDirect Netoworks' (DDN) GS7K parallel file storage and WOS object storage to replace fragmented data silos with powerful, scalable centralized storage for up to 2PB of instrument and research data.

According to Zachary Ramjan, research computing architect for Van Andel Research Institute (VARI), consolidating primary data storage for both state-of-the-art scientific instruments and research computing offers better protection for irreplaceable data while reducing infrastructure costs considerably.

"Deploying DDN's end-to-end storage solution has allowed us to elevate the standard of protection, increase compliance and push the boundaries of science on a single, highly scalable storage platform", stated Zachary Ramjan. "We've also saved hundreds of thousands of dollars by centralising the storage of our data-intensive research and a dozen data-hungry scientific instruments on DDN. With all these advantages it is easy to see why DDN is core to our operation and a major asset to our scientists."

The recent addition of three powerful cryo-electron microscopes (cryo-EM) enables scientists to see the structure of molecules that are one-ten-thousandth the width of a human hair, and is expected to quadruple VARI's storage requirements. The institute's scientists also are conducting data-and storage-intensive trailblazing molecular dynamics simulations and large-scale sequencing projects in the search for new ways to diagnose and treat cancer, Parkinson’s and many other diseases.

After determining that an IBM Spectrum Scale - formerly known as GPFS - parallel file system was the way to meet current and future storage needs, VARI chose DDN's GS7K parallel file system appliance with enterprise-class features, including snapshots, rollbacks and replication. The institute also selected DDN's WOS storage to provide an active archive for greater global data sharing and research collaboration.

Most important, DDN simplified data tiering between the GS7K and WOS, providing a single storage system that enables instrument and other research data to be ingested, analysed and shared in the most performant and cost-efficient manner. In addition, DDN's OpenStack driver significantly streamlined storage integration with VARI's hybrid on-premises and Cloud computing environment.

With DDN's highly scalable storage solution, the Institute is prepared to generate up to 13TB a day using its cryo-EM technology to transform single-particle analysis and tomography while easily accommodating ongoing spikes in computation and genomic sequencing. As a result, VARI can better support an ever-increasing cadre of scientists with diverse research demands and aggressive project timelines.

"Extremely large datasets are automatically transferred to our DDN storage without scientists having to worry about it at all", stated Dr. Gongpu Zhao, cryo-EM core manager at Van Andel Research Institute. "It's quite amazing that we can keep our data in one place, so everyone can access it at the same time. This will allow our researchers to conduct even more groundbreaking research while accelerating the pace of major scientific discoveries."

Source: DataDirect Networks - DDN

Back to Table of contents

Primeur weekly 2017-02-13

Focus

Funding agencies and academia need to rethink reward structure for computational tool developers to tackle big scientific challenges ...

OpenAire to support more technical e-Infrastructures with Open Research Data guidelines, publication and training ...

Exascale supercomputing

ISC High Performance keynote forecasts future role of HPC in weather and climage prediction ...

Crowd computing

Towards equal access to digital coins ...

Quantum computing

Large groups of photons on demand - an equivalent of photonic 'integrated circuit' ...

Protecting quantum computing networks against hacking threats ...

Sorting machine for atoms ...

Focus on Europe

HPC-Europa3 provides access to European HPC systems ...

Peter the Great Saint Petersburg Polytechnic University is first university to introduce computational computer code for Airbus ...

Middleware

Introducing Hazelcast Jet: a new lightweight, distributed data processing engine ...

Bright Computing announces strategic alliance with Curtiss-Wright ...

Hardware

NVIDIA powers new class of supercomputing workstations with breakthrough capabilities for design and engineering ...

Van Andel research institute optimises HPC pipeline to drive research discoveries and new drug therapies with end-to-end DDN solution ...

CoolIT Systems issued U.S. patent for modular heat-transfer solutions ...

ORNL researchers break data transfer efficiency record ...

Cray reports 2016 full year and fourth quarter financial results ...

Supermicro deploys 30,000+ MicroBlade servers to enable one of the world's highest Efficiency (1.06 PUE) data centres ...

Mellanox ships more than 100,000 cables for next generation 100 Gb/s networks ...

UMass Amherst boosts deep learning research with powerful new GPU cluster ...

Oak Ridge National Laboratory enhances data integrity and accessibility with Active Archive Solutions ...

Applications

ANSYS spurs pervasive engineering simulation with release 18 ...

Computing sciences students: Get your team together for the SC17 Student Cluster Competition in Denver ...

Latest Allinea update advances code optimization across platforms ...

Con Edison selects C3 IoT for Big Data and predictive analytics platform and applications ...

New algorithms may revolutionize drug discoveries - and our understanding of life ...

When data's deep, dark places need to be illuminated ...

Computer trained to predict which AML patients will go into remission and which will relapse ...

The Cloud

Cycle Computing collaborates with ANSYS on its Enterprise Cloud HPC offering ...

IBM launches "Digital - Nation Africa" and invests $70 million to bring digital skills to Africa with free, Watson-powered skills platform for 25 million people ...