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Primeur weekly 2012-04-02

The Cloud

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BGI signs MoU with TTI GG, NLeSC and NBIC for taming flood of genomic data

23 Mar 2012 Amsterdam - BGI, a large genomics organisation, Technological Top Institute of Green Genetics (TTI GG), Netherlands eScience Centre (NLeSC), and Netherlands Institute of Bioinformatics (NBIC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to address the challenge of managing, transporting, integrating and analysing today’s tremendous flow of genomic data. The collaborating organisations advocate the adoption and application of Open Source and Open Access initiatives to genomic data to more easily and rapidly explore the mysteries of life science.

Genomic data generation is accelerating at an exponential rate, driven by the rapid development of high-throughput sequencing technologies, posing new demands and challenges for data handling, storage and transmission. Under the MoU, researchers from BGI, TTI GG, NLeSC and NBIC have agreed to encourage collaborative initiatives and community building in the areas of data management, infrastructure and analysis within their respective programmes. Such collaboration will encourage the development and sharing of services, infrastructure and facilities with the goal of enabling more sustainable and effective access and understanding of genomic data.

BGI has conducted considerable research to tackle the flood of genomic data. In late 2011, it developed a BGI-BOX Cloud computing terminal server for users lacking a bioinformatics background to access genomic data and bioinformatics analyses in their own laboratories. In addition, BGI and open-access publisher BioMed Central launched GigaScience, a new combined database and journal focused on the publication and hosting of large-scale data. The journal makes it possible for the release of large data sets more rapidly to the wider research community.

"Genomics revolutionized the life sciences", stated Professor Jian Wang, president of BGI, "but the growing flood of genomic data poses an enormous challenge to optimizing and sustaining the benefit of high-throughput sequencing technologies. BGI has made significant efforts to tackle this challenge to advancing life science research, and this cooperative agreement should provide an example for researchers worldwide on the importance and value of shared, sustainable data management and data manipulation in biological and medical studies."

The signing of MOU provides an opportunity for scientists from China and The Netherlands to achieve powerful co-operation for better taming tremendous data. Dr. Bernard de Geus, director of TTI GG, stated in brief: ”Big data: Big expectation, big challenge, big opportunity". TTI GG has been established jointly by Dutch companies in the area of plant breeding and propagation, universities and knowledge institutions with the mission being to promote research and education and to create continuity in Dutch knowledge and education base.

NLeSC is a joint initiative by the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research NWO and SURF, which supports and reinforces multidisciplinary and data-intensive research through eScience, the creative and innovative use of ICT and e-infrastructures in all its manifestations with the aim to change scientific practice by enabling large-scale "Big Data" analysis across multiple disciplines. Professor dr. Jacob de Vlieg, director of NLeSC, stated: "This is a very exciting initiative to link minds and eScience concepts between scientists from BGI and The Netherlands, and to promote 'Big Data' driven scientific discoveries in the fields of genomics and bioinformatics."

NBIC, the national networked organization of bioinformatics, pursues innovation in life sciences R&D through seamless integration of life science data, information and models in the quantitative analysis of biological systems. Dr. Barend Mons, Scientific director of NBIC, stated: "As soon as one measures anything in the 'Omics' era, one needs computers even to manage the data. For understanding them and turning them into knowledge, computational methods are indispensable and traditional methods of information sharing are hopelessly out of date. We should work together to face this challenge."
Source: Beijing Genomics Institute - BGI

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Primeur weekly 2012-04-02

The Cloud

Bull LiberTP brings legacy applications into the age of Cloud computing ...

ClearDATA secures funding from Norwest Venture Partners for health care Cloud computing ...

Qoncert selects IntelePeer SIP Trunking services to connect Cisco Unified Communications systems for business customers ...

Intertrust and HTC announce strategic technology partnership ...

Oracle buys ClearTrial ...

Peach Aviation selects Oracle's Cloud-based Oracle Fusion Human Capital Management ...

EuroFlash

Projectiondesign adds another dimension to Laval Virtual 2012 ...

Masergy uses ADVA FSP 150 to deliver intelligent Ethernet services to global enterprise customers ...

Regional supercomputing centre set to revolutionise research ...

NVIDIA GPUs power top two Russian supercomputers; also selected to boost nation's space programmes ...

BGI signs MoU with TTI GG, NLeSC and NBIC for taming flood of genomic data ...

Video reveals wave character of particles ...

USFlash

SDSC graduate student awarded NVIDIA Graduate Fellowship ...

Bokhari tests performance of diverse HPC architectures ...

BGI launches Joint Bioinformatics & Computing Lab with National Supercomputing Center in China ...

University of Wyoming creating advanced campus computing site to access NCAR supercomputing centre ...

Rice University and IBM partner to bring first Blue Gene supercomputer to Texas ...

Oracle delivers world record x86 performance on industry standard Java middleware and transactional database benchmarks ...

Rutgers teams with IBM to build powerful high-performance computing centre in New Jersey ...

How quantum physics could make The Matrix more efficient ...

Supermicro new generation X9 embedded building block solutions deliver 11x PCI-E slots and higher performance with lower power consumption ...

Supercomputing the difference between matter and antimatter ...

Latest VME single board computer from Emerson Network Power uses Freescale P5020 QorIQ processor to boost commercial and rugged applications ...

HP helps U.S. storage partners expand revenue opportunities, profitability with 100 percent channel initiatives ...

CCC Information Services Inc. leverages Oracle Fusion Middleware to help optimize efficiency, increase scalability and support performance levels of its claims management platform ...