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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 ...

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

22 Jun 2016 Santa Clara - Children's Mercy Kansas City is transforming children's lives and redefining paediatric medicine with an incredibly innovative genomics approach powered by DDN storage. The hospital has deployed DDN's GS7K with 1PB of storage to speed patient diagnosis and disease treatments by fueling compute and data-intensive research from the world's first whole genome sequencing centre in a paediatric setting.

At the hospital's Center for Pediatric Genomic Medicine, physicians collaborate with clinical laboratory scientists, molecular geneticists, bioinformaticians and software engineers to sequence and analyze rare inherited diseases. Recognized as a paediatric genomics pioneer, Children's Mercy previously set the standard for decoding a genome in about two days - a process that traditionally took six weeks or longer. The hospital now is applying advanced compute, DDN storage and accelerated sequencing technologies to reach its goal of completing the process and delivering results to physicians in 26 hours.

According to Shane Corder, HPC systems engineer, Center for Pediatric Genomic Medicine at Children's Mercy, rapid genome sequencing can be the key to diagnosing critically ill patients and prescribing viable treatments faster and more effectively. "Genomic sequencing, coupled with high-performance computing and DDN storage, gives us a whole new look at medicine by quickly shedding light on DNA variations that can explain a child's condition", he explained. "Our focus on developing clinical tests for next-generation medical treatments improves outcomes for patients at Children's Mercy and around the world."

In particular, time is of the essence when decoding genomes of seriously ill children to find genetic causes of their illnesses and end typically arduous and often painful diagnostic journeys. Dealing with massive amounts of data is exceedingly difficult as a person's DNA has more than 6.4 million bases, encompassing 22,000 genes that code for 100,000 proteins. To remove bottlenecks in its clinical and research environments, Children's Mercy sought a powerful storage solution to address the constant data deluge while enabling scientists to quickly analyze data and produce meaningful genome testing results.

With DDN's high-performance GRIDScaler platform, Children's Mercy can scale up or out to handle massive data ingest, processing, storage and collaboration. Not only does DDN deliver performance and scalability unmatched by traditional scale-out, enterprise NAS architectures, the GS7K meets the Center's imposing requirements for a high-density, cost-effective solution.

Thanks to DDN, Children's Mercy has dramatically improved its ability to align, analyze and discover data as the storage platform seamlessly supports the Center's Nordic suite of software tools. For example, the time to perform the Center’s well-known STAT-Seq rapid genome test has been reduced by about 43 percent, or from 2.5 to 1.75 hours. Ingest on Children's Mercy's Illumina sequencers also has increased substantially. Together, these performance improvements will enable Children's Mercy to break the time barrier for decoding a full genome.

"We're trying hard to break the 48-hour window required for the crucial STAT-Seq test by applying advanced compute, storage and accelerated sequencing technologies", Shane Corder stated. "The goal is to complete the entire process from enrollment to delivering a final report to the physician in 26 hours." Additionally, DDN's storage will be able to seamlessly support the Center's planned deployment of the Edico DRAGEN Bio-IT processor, which is an FPGA-based genomic analysis acceleration technique.

Source: DataDirect Networks

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 ...