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Primeur weekly 2012-03-05

The Cloud

Australian National University selects SGI to help harness explosion in data ...

Big science teams up with big business to kick‐start European Cloud computing ...

AMD to acquire SeaMicro: accelerates disruptive server strategy ...

HP launches Enterprise Security Cloud Connections partner programme ...

Dell advances public Cloud security with Trend Micro SecureCloud solutions ...

EuroFlash

Stories from the Grid launched at International Symposium on Grids and Clouds ...

IBM selected to build new supercomputer of the Max Planck Society ...

A supercomputer for research: University of Oldenburg to upgrade technical infrastructure ...

Workshop Call for Abstracts: Collaborative research using eScience infrastructure and high speed networks ...

USFlash

Cray's YarcData Division launches new Big Data graph appliance ...

Cray reports 2011 full year and fourth quarter financial results ...

National Institute of Genetics adopts SGI HPC solution for new supercomputer system ...

NASA scales SGI Pleiades InfiniBand Cluster to 25,000 Intel Xeon processor cores ...

SGI announces new President and CEO Jorge Luis Titinger ...

IBM Research advances device performance for quantum computing ...

ORNL completes first phase of Titan supercomputer transition ...

Researchers harness Kraken supercomputer to model explosions via transport ...

Climate scientists compute in concert ...

High-Performance Computing customers gain greater capabilities to address Big Data requirements through NetApp's collaboration with OpenSFS and EOFS communities ...

New supercomputer to accelerate Taiwan's Render Farm ...

On the path to 1 terabit-per-second networks ...

XSEDE's Extended Collaborative Support programme shares insights via symposium series ...

IBM captures leadership position in worldwide server market in fourth quarter of 2011 ...

Illinois supercomputers' expertise to help determine winner of genomics prize ...

SDSC and UC Santa Cruz to host summer school on astroinformatics ...

Illinois supercomputers' expertise to help determine winner of genomics prize

27 Feb 2012 Urbana-Champaign - Beginning in January 2013, teams will compete to accurately sequence the genomes of 100 healthy centenarians within 30 days for less than $1,000 per genome. A $10 million prize will be either awarded to a single winner or divided among successful teams. The Archon Genomics X PRIZE presented by Medco is intended to inspire breakthroughs in genome sequencing that will lead to the creation of a "medical grade" genome that can be used to improve patient diagnosis and treatment.

Determining who wins the $10 million prize is no easy feat. It will require a validation protocol crafted by a team of genomics experts, the development of sophisticated bio-informatics software, and the data-crunching power of the supercomputers at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Step one was defining, for the first time, what it means to have a complete and accurate "whole human genome sequence". This validation protocol is not simply important in determining the competition's winner; it also creates a universal standard of quality, accuracy, and completeness for the sequencing industry. Among the experts who began work on this standard in 2010 was Victor Jongeneel, a senior research scientist at both NCSA and Illinois' Institute for Genomic Biology (IGB).

"The validation protocol was the most difficult part of this", Victor Jongeneel stated.

Once competitors complete their sequences, they will transfer their massive data sets to NCSA, which will ensure the confidentiality and proper handling of the data. Sophisticated bioinformatics software developed by EdgeBio will be run on NCSA's high-performance computing systems, which have the teraflops of computing power required to quickly analyze the data and determine the winner without controversy.

One hundred centenarians - known as the Medco 100 Over 100 - are donating their DNA for this competition. Their genome sequences may provide valuable insights into health and longevity. When the contest is over, most of their data will be available to researchers via the National Institutes of Health's dbGaP data resource and NCSA will archive the raw data for the X-PRIZE Foundation.

Anyone 100 years of age or older can be nominated to participate in this research effort.
Source: National Center for Supercomputing Applications - NCSA

Back to Table of contents

Primeur weekly 2012-03-05

The Cloud

Australian National University selects SGI to help harness explosion in data ...

Big science teams up with big business to kick‐start European Cloud computing ...

AMD to acquire SeaMicro: accelerates disruptive server strategy ...

HP launches Enterprise Security Cloud Connections partner programme ...

Dell advances public Cloud security with Trend Micro SecureCloud solutions ...

EuroFlash

Stories from the Grid launched at International Symposium on Grids and Clouds ...

IBM selected to build new supercomputer of the Max Planck Society ...

A supercomputer for research: University of Oldenburg to upgrade technical infrastructure ...

Workshop Call for Abstracts: Collaborative research using eScience infrastructure and high speed networks ...

USFlash

Cray's YarcData Division launches new Big Data graph appliance ...

Cray reports 2011 full year and fourth quarter financial results ...

National Institute of Genetics adopts SGI HPC solution for new supercomputer system ...

NASA scales SGI Pleiades InfiniBand Cluster to 25,000 Intel Xeon processor cores ...

SGI announces new President and CEO Jorge Luis Titinger ...

IBM Research advances device performance for quantum computing ...

ORNL completes first phase of Titan supercomputer transition ...

Researchers harness Kraken supercomputer to model explosions via transport ...

Climate scientists compute in concert ...

High-Performance Computing customers gain greater capabilities to address Big Data requirements through NetApp's collaboration with OpenSFS and EOFS communities ...

New supercomputer to accelerate Taiwan's Render Farm ...

On the path to 1 terabit-per-second networks ...

XSEDE's Extended Collaborative Support programme shares insights via symposium series ...

IBM captures leadership position in worldwide server market in fourth quarter of 2011 ...

Illinois supercomputers' expertise to help determine winner of genomics prize ...

SDSC and UC Santa Cruz to host summer school on astroinformatics ...