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Primeur weekly 2020-09-14

Focus

Some RISC-V high performance implementations presented at RISC-V Global Forum by European Processor Initiative, NSITEXE, OpenBLAS, and SemiDynamics ...

Exascale supercomputing

Combustion pioneer named Department of Energy fellow ...

Quantum computing

New method prevents quantum computers from crashing ...

Q-CTRL and Quantum Machines announce partnership to accelerate quantum computing development ...

Cambridge Quantum Computing welcomes Mehdi Bozzo-Rey ...

Focus on Europe

Researchers develop molecule to store solar energy ...

First release of PROCESS software now available ...

From artificial intelligence to nanomaterials and astrophysics - Seven Irish research projects to benefit from EuroHPC Academic Flagship Programme ...

Middleware

SDSC to help create science gateway for new materials discovery ...

Hardware

NCSA's Donna J. Cox honoured with rare IPS Technology Innovation Award ...

Advanced NVMe controller technology for next generation memory devices ...

Credo announces the DOVE platform, its second generation of low power PAM4 DSPs for 100G/200G/400G data networks ...

Tachyum opens U.S., EU and NATO Government Business Unit ...

National Science Foundation awards CENIC an international networking grant for operation of Pacific Wave ...

UCF Consortium receives open source contribution from Arm to speed access to persistent memory storage ...

Liqid announces agreement with Arrow Electronics to bring composable disaggregated infrastructure solutions to data centres worldwide ...

Research and Markets to issue Global Hybrid Memory Cube (HMC) and High-Bandwidth Memory (HBM) Suppliers Strategic Positioning and Leadership Quadrant Report 2020 ...

Genomics England scales up genomic sequencing with Quantum ActiveScale object storage ...

NVIDIA to acquire Arm for $40 billion, creating world's premier computing company for the age of AI ...

Applications

NCSA and University of Illinois announce new Center for AstroPhysical Surveys ...

Lead lab selected for next-generation cosmic microwave background experiment ...

Insilico announces the launch of AI-powered COVIDomic to support COVID-19 research worldwide ...

Model shows that the speed neurons fire impacts their ability to synchronize ...

Physicists achieve tunable spin wave excitation ...

EBRAINS makes bid to enter the European Research Infrastructure Roadmap with ten-country strong coalition and France as lead country ...

Mysterious cellular droplets come into focus ...

The presence of resonating cavities above sunspots has been confirmed ...

The Hospital Clínic and BSC will use artificial intelligence to predict the evolution of patients with COVID-19 ...

ORIGINS - answers to existential questions ...

Altair announces 2020 Global Technology Conference to explore "The Future of..." ...

The Cloud

National Science Foundation-funded CloudBank now operational ...

Schlumberger, IBM and Red Hat announce major hybrid Cloud collaboration for the energy industry ...

Red Hat Marketplace aims to accelerate open hybrid Cloud innovation with certified software solutions ready to run on any Cloud ...

Renesas introduces DDR5 data buffer for high-performance server and Cloud service applications ...

NETINT deploys video transcoding technology in the Nimbix Cloud ...

Genomics England scales up genomic sequencing with Quantum ActiveScale object storage


10 Sep 2020 San Jose - Quantum Corp. has announced that Genomics England has expanded their Quantum ActiveScale object storage solution as part of an integrated environment designed to store, protect, and provide access to hundreds of petabytes of genomic data. The solution enabled the organisation to scale up from sequencing 100.000 genomes to millions while improving data resilience, controlling costs, and avoiding IT complexity. The implementation supports Genomics England's commitment to sequence the genomes of intensive care patients with COVID-19 and other people with the virus and is an example of Quantum's leadership in storing and managing unstructured data.

Genomics England was established in 2013 by the UK's Department of Health & Social Care to support the 100.000 Genomes Project - a groundbreaking effort to sequence whole genomes from a vast number of patients with rare diseases and common cancers. In 2018, the project was significantly expanded: The new goal was to sequence up to five million genomes over five years.

Unfortunately, the existing network-attached storage (NAS) system used for genomic data was not up to the task. The NAS, which held 21 PB of data, had reached its node-scaling limit. Genomics England needed something more scalable than existing NAS solutions - an infrastructure that could grow to hundreds of petabytes. A new solution also had to facilitate simple, flexible access to data by more than 3000 researchers around the world.

To explore new storage solutions, Genomics England consulted with Nephos Technologies, an independent UK-based data services organisation, to design and implement a new storage solution. After evaluating several possibilities, the Nephos team designed a multi-faceted solution that incorporates a high-performance parallel file system from WekaIO, Mellanox high-speed networking, and Quantum ActiveScale object storage.

The solution creates a two-tier architecture that combines flash storage plus an object storage system, which serves as a long-term data lake repository. The two storage tiers - each of which can be scaled independently - present as a single hybrid storage environment. As a result, researchers have the flexibility to query data in a highly randomized fashion.

Within a few years of deploying the new storage environment, Genomics England needed to expand again. The emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic in early 2020 presented new, urgent challenges for the global medical-scientific community, and Genomics England was in a prime position to help better understand who is susceptible to the virus. The organisation committed to sequencing the genomes of up to 20.000 intensive care patients with COVID-19 plus up to 15,000 people with the virus who are experiencing only mild symptoms.

Around the same time that Genomics England was ramping up participation in COVID-19 research, the ActiveScale solution platform was acquired by Quantum. A Quantum team facilitated a smooth transition for Genomics England, which then expanded the object-storage environment from 40 PB to more than 100 PB.

Scaling was seamless. The ActiveScale system's architecture is underpinned by its RAID replacement technology, with intelligent, dynamic placement of erasure coded data. That placement of data eliminates the need for system rebalancing which can compromise performance and availability.

ActiveScale object storage protects data and provides the resiliency that Genomics England needs for its critical work. The organisation takes advantage of the geo-distributed capability of ActiveScale, an added strength of Quantum's RAID replacement technology that spreads data and parity across multiple nodes in the storage grid. With ActiveScale object storage, the organisation distributes data across three data centres, for full data protection against a major disaster such as site-loss. Data can continue to be accessed for reading and writing at the remaining sites and withstand additional hardware failures offering 19x9s data durability.

With ActiveScale object storage, Genomics England no longer faces the capacity limits of its previous NAS solution. The organisation has been able to expand its object storage to support more genomic analysis and even take on additional COVID-19 work without a major overhaul. In the future, Genomics England can easily integrate ActiveScale object storage with the Amazon S3–compliant public Cloud environments for additional protection and scaling flexibility.

The storage environment is also helping to reduce costs. According to Nephos, the Genomics England team decreased storage costs by 75 percent per genome compared with the previous environment. The organisation is expected to reduce costs by 96 percent by 2023.

Just as important, the Genomics England team has experienced these benefits without adding complexity. The new integrated storage environment makes it simple for researchers from around the world to store and access the genomic data they need for their work.

You can read the entire case study for Genomics England online .

Source: Quantum

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Primeur weekly 2020-09-14

Focus

Some RISC-V high performance implementations presented at RISC-V Global Forum by European Processor Initiative, NSITEXE, OpenBLAS, and SemiDynamics ...

Exascale supercomputing

Combustion pioneer named Department of Energy fellow ...

Quantum computing

New method prevents quantum computers from crashing ...

Q-CTRL and Quantum Machines announce partnership to accelerate quantum computing development ...

Cambridge Quantum Computing welcomes Mehdi Bozzo-Rey ...

Focus on Europe

Researchers develop molecule to store solar energy ...

First release of PROCESS software now available ...

From artificial intelligence to nanomaterials and astrophysics - Seven Irish research projects to benefit from EuroHPC Academic Flagship Programme ...

Middleware

SDSC to help create science gateway for new materials discovery ...

Hardware

NCSA's Donna J. Cox honoured with rare IPS Technology Innovation Award ...

Advanced NVMe controller technology for next generation memory devices ...

Credo announces the DOVE platform, its second generation of low power PAM4 DSPs for 100G/200G/400G data networks ...

Tachyum opens U.S., EU and NATO Government Business Unit ...

National Science Foundation awards CENIC an international networking grant for operation of Pacific Wave ...

UCF Consortium receives open source contribution from Arm to speed access to persistent memory storage ...

Liqid announces agreement with Arrow Electronics to bring composable disaggregated infrastructure solutions to data centres worldwide ...

Research and Markets to issue Global Hybrid Memory Cube (HMC) and High-Bandwidth Memory (HBM) Suppliers Strategic Positioning and Leadership Quadrant Report 2020 ...

Genomics England scales up genomic sequencing with Quantum ActiveScale object storage ...

NVIDIA to acquire Arm for $40 billion, creating world's premier computing company for the age of AI ...

Applications

NCSA and University of Illinois announce new Center for AstroPhysical Surveys ...

Lead lab selected for next-generation cosmic microwave background experiment ...

Insilico announces the launch of AI-powered COVIDomic to support COVID-19 research worldwide ...

Model shows that the speed neurons fire impacts their ability to synchronize ...

Physicists achieve tunable spin wave excitation ...

EBRAINS makes bid to enter the European Research Infrastructure Roadmap with ten-country strong coalition and France as lead country ...

Mysterious cellular droplets come into focus ...

The presence of resonating cavities above sunspots has been confirmed ...

The Hospital Clínic and BSC will use artificial intelligence to predict the evolution of patients with COVID-19 ...

ORIGINS - answers to existential questions ...

Altair announces 2020 Global Technology Conference to explore "The Future of..." ...

The Cloud

National Science Foundation-funded CloudBank now operational ...

Schlumberger, IBM and Red Hat announce major hybrid Cloud collaboration for the energy industry ...

Red Hat Marketplace aims to accelerate open hybrid Cloud innovation with certified software solutions ready to run on any Cloud ...

Renesas introduces DDR5 data buffer for high-performance server and Cloud service applications ...

NETINT deploys video transcoding technology in the Nimbix Cloud ...