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Primeur weekly 2013-10-14

Special

Big Data analytics: a complex story of disruptive hype countered with converging technologies ...

Big Data forcing enterprises to look into the direction of HPC solutions ...

River no longer too deep between HPC and data intensive computing ...

HPC is HPC, and enterprise is enterprise, and never the twain shall meet? Can Big Data be the catalyst? ...

High Performance Data Analysis ecosystem to grow to more than $2 billion by 2016 ...

Focus

2013: Another year on the road to Exascale - An Interview with Thomas Sterling and Satoshi Matsuoka - Part III ...

The Cloud

Contrail project partners to release version R1.3 of the Contrail software ...

Fujitsu begins global packaged sales of "SPATIOWL" location data Cloud service ...

Dynamically managing network bandwidth in a Cloud ...

EuroFlash

The Transinsight Award for Semantic Intelligence goes to the "Wishart" team from the University of Alberta, Canada ...

Final Call for the HPCAC- ISC 2014 Student Cluster Competition Submission ...

CGG slashes development time with Allinea DDT ...

Bull launches GCOS7 V12 for its large mainframes ...

Bull launches Bull Optimal Database Booster, to optimize the performance of Oracle databases running on its Escala servers ...

Adept project: investigating energy efficiency in parallel technologies ...

DataDirect Networks' scalable, high-performance storage powers Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute's worldwide research efforts to reduce global health burden ...

The Human Brain Project has begun ...

Intel and Janssen Pharmaceutica to collaborate with imec and 5 Flemish universities to open ExaScience Life Lab ...

PRACE to showcase the principles of HPC at the European Union Contest for Young Scientists (EUCYS) ...

The 2013 Nobel Prize in Chemistry goes for multiscale models development ...

USFlash

Jack Dongarra receives high honour for supercomputing accomplishments ...

Cray enhances coprocessor and accelerator programming with support for OpenACC 2.0 ...

NCSA joins OpenSFS ...

Juniper Networks enables the discovery of new data insights in IBM Research Accelerated Discovery Lab ...

Louisiana State University researchers awarded nearly $1 million for Big Data research ...

Winchester Systems introduces FlashDisk RAID arrays with iSCSI 10Gb ...

DataDirect Networks' scalable, high-performance storage powers Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute's worldwide research efforts to reduce global health burden

7 Oct 2013 Santa Clara - To accelerate advancements in biomedical research, the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, a charitably funded genomic research centre based in the United Kingdom, has deployed DataDirect Networks (DDN) high-performance storage as part of a 22 petabyte genomic storage environment.

As one of the top five scientific institutions in the world specializing in DNA sequencing, Sanger Institute embraces the latest technologies to research the genetic basis of global health problems, including cancer, malaria, diabetes, obesity and infectious diseases.

In order to manage the massive surge in the volume of data required to evaluate genetic sequences, Sanger Institute selected DDN's SFA high-performance storage engine and EXAScaler Lustre file system appliance to deliver unprecedented levels of throughput and scalability to support tens of thousands of data sequences requiring up to 10,000 CPU hours of computational analysis.

With more than 2,000 scientists around the world, DDN SFA storage will also help facilitate data access and sharing including for those who access data through the Sanger Institute's website, which results in 20 million hits and 12 million impressions each week.

As the 30 DNA sequencers in Sanger Institute's Illumina Production Sequencing core facility each pump out about one terabyte of data daily, with DDN technology the Sanger Institute has an easy-to-manage, integrated system that offers unparalleled scalability to address both complex computing problems and ever-changing collaboration requirements associated with its leading-edge research.

DDN's proven experience serving some of the world's fastest computers ensures that the Sanger Institute can deliver the highest levels of compute performance and throughput, as well as maximum system uptime, to optimize the latest sequencing technologies. This is critical as today's sequencers produce a million times more data than those used a decade ago.

Moreover, the institute now can provide its diverse scientific community with an essential tool for leveraging its approximately £80 million research budget to the fullest in order to further the exploration of groundbreaking scientific and medical discoveries.

With DDN storage, the Sanger Institute can achieve its goal of supporting different research workloads with a wide range of computational analysis and storage requirements while being able to expand quickly and without disruption.

Since installing its initial SFA storage platform, the Sanger Institute keeps pace with ever-increasing computational and analytical demands by taking advantage of DDN's ongoing performance increases to achieve speeds of up to 20 GBps, which enables meeting the needs of the most demanding workloads.

To accommodate demands for increased bandwidth, Sanger Institute is upgrading its 10GbE network to 40GbE and plans to scale its current DDN storage to support expanded network capacity.

Additionally, Sanger Institute is exploring DDN WOS distributed object storage platform, which could be ideal for increased collaboration and data sharing as part of a private Cloud.

Tim Cutts, acting head of scientific computing, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, stated: "If you need 10,000 cores to perform an extra layer of analysis in an hour, you have to scale a significant cluster to get answers quickly. You need a real solution that can address everything from very small to extremely large data sets. We have to explore emerging technologies that could play a significant role in our future architecture. We need solutions that give us a much better way to provide storage to our expanding user community with good access controls through iRODS."

Phil Butcher, director of information communications technology, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, stated: "The sequencing machines that run today produce a million times more data than the machine used in the human genome project. We produce more sequences in one hour than we did in our first 10 years. For instance, a single cancer genome project sequences data that requires up to 10,000 CPU hours for analysis and we're doing tens of thousands of these at once. The sheer scale is enormous and the computational effort required is huge. Our storage strategy gives us incredible scaling. If we need to add a new sequencer, we can expand quickly and without disruption."
Source: DataDirect Networks

Back to Table of contents

Primeur weekly 2013-10-14

Special

Big Data analytics: a complex story of disruptive hype countered with converging technologies ...

Big Data forcing enterprises to look into the direction of HPC solutions ...

River no longer too deep between HPC and data intensive computing ...

HPC is HPC, and enterprise is enterprise, and never the twain shall meet? Can Big Data be the catalyst? ...

High Performance Data Analysis ecosystem to grow to more than $2 billion by 2016 ...

Focus

2013: Another year on the road to Exascale - An Interview with Thomas Sterling and Satoshi Matsuoka - Part III ...

The Cloud

Contrail project partners to release version R1.3 of the Contrail software ...

Fujitsu begins global packaged sales of "SPATIOWL" location data Cloud service ...

Dynamically managing network bandwidth in a Cloud ...

EuroFlash

The Transinsight Award for Semantic Intelligence goes to the "Wishart" team from the University of Alberta, Canada ...

Final Call for the HPCAC- ISC 2014 Student Cluster Competition Submission ...

CGG slashes development time with Allinea DDT ...

Bull launches GCOS7 V12 for its large mainframes ...

Bull launches Bull Optimal Database Booster, to optimize the performance of Oracle databases running on its Escala servers ...

Adept project: investigating energy efficiency in parallel technologies ...

DataDirect Networks' scalable, high-performance storage powers Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute's worldwide research efforts to reduce global health burden ...

The Human Brain Project has begun ...

Intel and Janssen Pharmaceutica to collaborate with imec and 5 Flemish universities to open ExaScience Life Lab ...

PRACE to showcase the principles of HPC at the European Union Contest for Young Scientists (EUCYS) ...

The 2013 Nobel Prize in Chemistry goes for multiscale models development ...

USFlash

Jack Dongarra receives high honour for supercomputing accomplishments ...

Cray enhances coprocessor and accelerator programming with support for OpenACC 2.0 ...

NCSA joins OpenSFS ...

Juniper Networks enables the discovery of new data insights in IBM Research Accelerated Discovery Lab ...

Louisiana State University researchers awarded nearly $1 million for Big Data research ...

Winchester Systems introduces FlashDisk RAID arrays with iSCSI 10Gb ...