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Primeur weekly 2016-10-03

Exascale supercomputing

NCI continues to lead Australian HPC capabilities with adoption of cutting-edge Intel processors ...

Quantum computing

D-Wave Systems previews 2000-qubit quantum system ...

First quantum photonic circuit with an electrically driven light source ...

Focus on Europe

Earlham Institute embraces Green-HPC for Collaborative Genome Analysis at Icelandic Data Centre Verne Global ...

Fortissimo has launched 2nd Open Call for proposals ...

STFC Computers get to the heart of the matter ...

Rob van Nieuwpoort, professor by special appointment of Efficient Computing for eScience ...

VTT Centre for Nuclear Safety inaugurated ...

Middleware

Allinea launches CUDA 8 support to enable code development for newest NVIDIA GPU technology ...

China endeavours to build a Big Data 'Smart Ocean' ...

Percepto and Orange Silicon Valley showcase advanced autonomous drone platform with 4G/LTE connectivity ...

Hardware

TSMC recognizes Synopsys with three partner awards for Interface IP and joint development of 7-nm ...

NetSpeed releases Gemini 3.0 cache-coherent NoC IP to supercharge heterogeneous SoC designs ...

Quantum provides Petascale data storage and management for major European research institutions ...

The University of Tokyo and the Joint Center for Advanced High Performance Computing (JCAHPC) to deploy DDN's file cache system IME14K ...

Introducing Xavier, the NVIDIA AI supercomputer for the future of autonomous transporation ...

Penguin Computing to deliver scalable enterprise storage for HPC, Big Data and VM ...

Applications

Loyola Marymount University researchers predict climate change will bring more droughts, more floods and water shortage ...

UMass Amherst engineers lead research team on creating new devices that emulate human biological synapses ...

Computer engineers boost app speeds by more than 9 percent ...

North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics awarded access to high-performance supercomputer ...

Hartree Centre presents at International Industrial Supercomputing Workshop ...

Mapping the electric underground ...

IBM Foundation collaborates with AFT and education leaders to use Watson to help teachers ...

Crosstalk analysis of biological networks for improved pathway annotation ...

How to merge two black holes in a simple way ...

Nijmegen provides solution for secure processing of patient data ...

The Cloud

Penguin Computing announces availability of unique multi-user remote desktop collaboration for Scyld Cloud workstation ...

Microsoft unveils new offerings to empower IT and drive digital transformation ...

Eurofiber’s Secure Cloud Connect service provides safe access to the Cloud ...

New NetApp software and Flash systems simplify data management, boost performance in the hybrid Cloud ...

Penguin Computing announces OpenPOWER server platform and go-to-market partner Mark III systems ...

Clarient Global adopts IBM Cloud and VMware for enhanced private Cloud capabilities ...

Earlham Institute embraces Green-HPC for Collaborative Genome Analysis at Icelandic Data Centre Verne Global

26 Sep 2016 Norwich, Keflavik - The Earlham Institute (EI) has signed a new partnership with Verne Global, a global developer at the forefront of data centre infrastructure design. EI has selected Verne Global's data centre campus in Iceland to investigate the efficiencies of distributing large-scale genomics and computational biology data analysis. The research institute is renowned for its contribution to the analysis and data-sharing of the highly complex wheat genome that is critical to securing future global food supplies.

In this project, a first for a UK academic institution, EI will examine the benefits of migrating a strategic collaborative bioinformatics analysis platform to Iceland via existing academic network providers JANET and NORDUnet.

EI, through Verne Global, will have access to one of the world's most reliable power grids producing 100% geothermal and hydroelectric renewable energy. As EI's HPC analysis requirements continue to grow, Verne Global will enable the institute to save up to 70% in energy costs (based on 14p to 4p KWH rate) and with no additional power for cooling, significantly benefiting the organisation in their advanced genomics and bioinformatics research of living systems.

As a leader in the Life Sciences HPC community, EI aims to better understand complex scientific issues and their impact to society by categorising, processing, and analysing the DNA of various crops, animals, insects and microbes. This includes their flagship project, bread wheat, which is one of the most perplexing genomes to study, with a genome sequence five times bigger and more complex than the human genome.

One of EI's primary goals is to understand crop genomes so new varieties can be developed to secure food supply in the face of a growing population and environmental change. The cutting-edge, high-throughput DNA sequencing instruments generate large amounts of data, from a few hundred gigabytes to several terabytes per run. The output requires significant computational effort, making the storage, processing, analysis and sharing of the data extremely challenging.

"Modern bioinformatics is driven by the generation of ever increasing volumes of genomic data requiring large and collaborative computing resources to help process it quickly and at scale. At EI, we have some of the largest computational platforms for the Life Sciences in Europe and the demand for our computing capability is only increasing, putting pressure on the capacity and operational costs of our existing data centres", stated Dr. Tim Stitt, Head of Scientific Computing at EI. "

"We are, therefore, very excited to be partnering with Verne Global in Iceland, who not only can supply medium and high power computing density at significantly lower energy costs, but who can also deliver excellent global network communications and data centre security", stated Dr. Tim Stitt.

"We are planning to publish a paper on our study, and I hope the impact of our collaboration with Verne Global will be the catalyst for many more academic institutions in the UK and Europe to consider migrating their computing infrastructures to Iceland and benefit from one of the world's most reliable and cost-effective green energy resources. I'm very proud that EI is at the forefront of this shift", Dr. Tim Stitt concluded.

"As more organisations turn to high performance computing to process large data sets, demand is growing for scalable and secure data centre solutions. The source, availability and reliability of the power grid infrastructure is becoming a critical factor in a data centre site selection decision", stated Jeff Monroe, CEO at Verne Global.

"Verne Global is able to deliver EI a forward-thinking path for growth with a solution that combines unparalleled costs savings with operational efficiencies to support their data-intensive research", explained Jeff Monroe.

Source: Verne Global

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Primeur weekly 2016-10-03

Exascale supercomputing

NCI continues to lead Australian HPC capabilities with adoption of cutting-edge Intel processors ...

Quantum computing

D-Wave Systems previews 2000-qubit quantum system ...

First quantum photonic circuit with an electrically driven light source ...

Focus on Europe

Earlham Institute embraces Green-HPC for Collaborative Genome Analysis at Icelandic Data Centre Verne Global ...

Fortissimo has launched 2nd Open Call for proposals ...

STFC Computers get to the heart of the matter ...

Rob van Nieuwpoort, professor by special appointment of Efficient Computing for eScience ...

VTT Centre for Nuclear Safety inaugurated ...

Middleware

Allinea launches CUDA 8 support to enable code development for newest NVIDIA GPU technology ...

China endeavours to build a Big Data 'Smart Ocean' ...

Percepto and Orange Silicon Valley showcase advanced autonomous drone platform with 4G/LTE connectivity ...

Hardware

TSMC recognizes Synopsys with three partner awards for Interface IP and joint development of 7-nm ...

NetSpeed releases Gemini 3.0 cache-coherent NoC IP to supercharge heterogeneous SoC designs ...

Quantum provides Petascale data storage and management for major European research institutions ...

The University of Tokyo and the Joint Center for Advanced High Performance Computing (JCAHPC) to deploy DDN's file cache system IME14K ...

Introducing Xavier, the NVIDIA AI supercomputer for the future of autonomous transporation ...

Penguin Computing to deliver scalable enterprise storage for HPC, Big Data and VM ...

Applications

Loyola Marymount University researchers predict climate change will bring more droughts, more floods and water shortage ...

UMass Amherst engineers lead research team on creating new devices that emulate human biological synapses ...

Computer engineers boost app speeds by more than 9 percent ...

North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics awarded access to high-performance supercomputer ...

Hartree Centre presents at International Industrial Supercomputing Workshop ...

Mapping the electric underground ...

IBM Foundation collaborates with AFT and education leaders to use Watson to help teachers ...

Crosstalk analysis of biological networks for improved pathway annotation ...

How to merge two black holes in a simple way ...

Nijmegen provides solution for secure processing of patient data ...

The Cloud

Penguin Computing announces availability of unique multi-user remote desktop collaboration for Scyld Cloud workstation ...

Microsoft unveils new offerings to empower IT and drive digital transformation ...

Eurofiber’s Secure Cloud Connect service provides safe access to the Cloud ...

New NetApp software and Flash systems simplify data management, boost performance in the hybrid Cloud ...

Penguin Computing announces OpenPOWER server platform and go-to-market partner Mark III systems ...

Clarient Global adopts IBM Cloud and VMware for enhanced private Cloud capabilities ...