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Primeur weekly 2016-06-27

Focus

Integration and co-design are key to reach capable exascale computing in the US ...

Sunway TaihuLight crunches its data near light-sparkling Lake Taihu ...

Exascale supercomputing

China's exascale supercomputer operational by 2020 ...

Quantum computing

Researchers refine method for detecting quantum entanglement ...

Focus on Europe

Crete becomes the Silicon-Island of high technology research and development ...

Bright Computing is debuting in France and unveils plans for the TERATEC Forum ...

Barcelona Supercomputing Center to issue new OmpSs release 16.06 ...

Quantum calculations broaden the understanding of crystal catalysts ...

Middleware

Jack Dongarra honoured with pair of prestigious supercomputing awards ...

Applications

McGill creates neuroscience research hub ...

Children's Mercy Kansas City accelerates major medical breakthroughs for critically ill children with powerful, scalable DDN storage ...

Real rocket science: How do hydrogen droplets behave when hydrogen-oxygen aerosol mixtures burn? ...

A better management of cerebrovascular accidents with supercomputing support ...

American Diabetes Association and IBM Watson Health join forces to reimagine how diabetes is prevented and managed ...

Illinois researchers part of the collaboration identifying a second gravitational wave event ...

Supercomputer changing genetic medicine in Africa ...

CWRU physicists deploy magnetic vortex to control electron spin ...

IBM Watson Health showcases progress tackling diabetes at American Diabetes Association's 76th Scientific Sessions ...

Medical imaging experts tap IBM and Watson to tackle cancer, diabetes, eye health, brain disease and heart disease ...

The Cloud

Mellanox enhances Cloud efficiency with 25Gb/s Ethernet connectivity ...

NetApp Flash accelerates Docker ecosystem with native storage integration ...

WorldQuant Ventures invests in Cycle Computing ...

NASA Johnson Space Center protects critical data with NetApp ...

JD.com and Mellanox join forces to drive e-commerce artificial intelligence ...

Local Motors debuts Olli, the first self-driving vehicle to tap the power of IBM Watson ...

VMware and IBM expand global Cloud partnership with desktop services ...

McGill creates neuroscience research hub


15 Jun 2016 Montreal - The Canadian research team that helped spearhead the international brain-mapping project known as BigBrain is about to get a major boost in its effort to produce sharply higher-resolution brain maps, thanks to technology from EMC Corporation. McGill will establish a research-and-development centre that will serve as a test bed to adapt EMC Isilon scale-out NAS for powerful visualization and data-storage technology to support the complex needs of leading-edge neuroscience. The new centre will be expanded in coming years to encompass research across the university, reflecting the increased role of Big Data in research in the social sciences and arts, as well as natural sciences.

"EMC's next-generation technologies, being harnessed by McGill University, provides researchers an advanced and agile foundation for health care and life sciences professionals to store, protect, share, and analyze their most valuable asset: information", stated Mike Sharun, EMC Corporation of Canada Country Manager. "Ultimately, this research powered by EMC technology will have true value for health care providers worldwide."

Developing a fuller understanding of the brain's circuitry represents a huge challenge, with an estimated 100 billion neurons in the brain and 1000 trillion neuronal connections (10,000 per neuron) triggering thoughts and actions. It's also a key step toward translating neuroscience research into clinical practice and public health in ways that will improve brain health in Canada and around the world.

"A single high-resolution dataset for a full brain now requires over 200 terabytes of disk space for raw data alone", stated Alan Evans, the McGill brain-imaging expert who worked with European scientists to produce the BigBrain map. That effort required years of data processing by supercomputers in Canada and Germany. But recent computer advances have now made it possible to take map images in much finer detail."

"EMC's storage and visualization technologies will help us take brain imaging to the next level - from the equivalent of old fashioned street maps to Google Earth", Alan Evans stated. "We are also building a global data-sharing network for brain research that requires immense data storage and processing resources. EMC's technology support will give Canada a leading role in the rapidly evolving global enterprise."

EMC's work with McGill also promises to bolster brain research across Canada. McGill is the hub for CBRAIN, a high-performance computing platform that acts as a portal to the Compute Canada grid of computer processors at research institutions across the country. Using Isilon scale-out NAS technology, the EMC-McGill infrastructure will tie into that network, which supports over 400 users in the Americas, Europe and Asia involved in research on Alzheimer's disease and a range of other conditions.

The NeuroHub will also be an important link with brain researchers in the US, Europe, China and Latin America, and will be used by neuroscientists working with different types of brain data - involving, for example, genetics, imaging, tissue samples, or behavioural assessments.

"McGill is proud to take this remarkable step forward in collaboration with EMC Canada", stated Rosie Goldstein, Vice-Principal - Research and Innovation at McGill University. "The highly specialized technology and high velocity data capture made possible by NeuroHub will enable researchers to better understand existing pathologies and predict treatment outcomes. We believe that this remarkable collaboration between EMC Canada and McGill researchers from across disciplines will have important outcomes."
Source: McGill University

Back to Table of contents

Primeur weekly 2016-06-27

Focus

Integration and co-design are key to reach capable exascale computing in the US ...

Sunway TaihuLight crunches its data near light-sparkling Lake Taihu ...

Exascale supercomputing

China's exascale supercomputer operational by 2020 ...

Quantum computing

Researchers refine method for detecting quantum entanglement ...

Focus on Europe

Crete becomes the Silicon-Island of high technology research and development ...

Bright Computing is debuting in France and unveils plans for the TERATEC Forum ...

Barcelona Supercomputing Center to issue new OmpSs release 16.06 ...

Quantum calculations broaden the understanding of crystal catalysts ...

Middleware

Jack Dongarra honoured with pair of prestigious supercomputing awards ...

Applications

McGill creates neuroscience research hub ...

Children's Mercy Kansas City accelerates major medical breakthroughs for critically ill children with powerful, scalable DDN storage ...

Real rocket science: How do hydrogen droplets behave when hydrogen-oxygen aerosol mixtures burn? ...

A better management of cerebrovascular accidents with supercomputing support ...

American Diabetes Association and IBM Watson Health join forces to reimagine how diabetes is prevented and managed ...

Illinois researchers part of the collaboration identifying a second gravitational wave event ...

Supercomputer changing genetic medicine in Africa ...

CWRU physicists deploy magnetic vortex to control electron spin ...

IBM Watson Health showcases progress tackling diabetes at American Diabetes Association's 76th Scientific Sessions ...

Medical imaging experts tap IBM and Watson to tackle cancer, diabetes, eye health, brain disease and heart disease ...

The Cloud

Mellanox enhances Cloud efficiency with 25Gb/s Ethernet connectivity ...

NetApp Flash accelerates Docker ecosystem with native storage integration ...

WorldQuant Ventures invests in Cycle Computing ...

NASA Johnson Space Center protects critical data with NetApp ...

JD.com and Mellanox join forces to drive e-commerce artificial intelligence ...

Local Motors debuts Olli, the first self-driving vehicle to tap the power of IBM Watson ...

VMware and IBM expand global Cloud partnership with desktop services ...