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TGAC Unleashes DRAGEN to Accelerate Genomics Workflows

Oct 28, 2015 |

Accelerating genomics analysis remains one of the toughest challenges in life science research. All manner of optimizations are in use – disk streaming, optimized parallel files systems, algorithm tweaks, faster processors, and hardware accelerators, to name a few – all with varying results. Today, TGAC reported implementation of the first processor specifically designed to accelerate Read more…

TACC Drug Discovery Portal Empowers Researchers Worldwide

Oct 22, 2015 |

Where do you turn if you are a researcher who needs to quickly identify drug candidates for diseases ranging from obesity to tuberculosis to leishmaniasis, a tropical disease caused by the bite of a sand fly? You turn to the DrugDiscovery@TACC portal, which is currently helping more than 100 researchers worldwide model, simulate and generate Read more…

Matching the Use Case to Architecture is Critical in Life Science

Oct 21, 2015 |

Getting useful information from life sciences laboratory data in a timely manner requires selecting a suitable architecture that brings together complementary compute, memory, storage and networking resources. As noted in an earlier article in this series, there are some general rules of thumb for selecting which type of compute node works best for different workloads. Read more…

Cray XK7 Titan Used to Simulate Complicated Blood Flow

Oct 14, 2015 |

A team of researchers from Brown University, ETH Zurich, the Universita da Svizzera Italiana (USI) and Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR) is using America’s largest, most powerful supercomputer to help understand and fight diseases affecting some of the body’s smallest building blocks. The team, led by Brown’s George Karniadakis, is using the Cray XK7 Titan supercomputer Read more…

Moab Helps Canada Hospitals Build HPC4Health Cloud

Oct 13, 2015 |

In yet another example of HPC, cloud and big data convergence, Adaptive Computing announced today that its cluster and cloud management software Moab is part of a pilot IT infrastructure built to address the needs of Canadian healthcare organizations. The project, called High Performance Computing for Health Sciences, or HPC4Health for short, was formed to Read more…

Bioinformatics Challenge: Fat Nodes, Skinny Nodes, or Hybrids

Oct 12, 2015 |

Life sciences organizations typically have a variety of computational requirements and picking the best cluster server architecture has always been a challenge. Do you go with fat nodes typified by their large number of cores per node or thin (sometimes called skinny) nodes with fewer, faster performing cores per node? Certainly, the choice will depend Read more…

Stepping Up to the Life Science Storage System Challenge

Oct 5, 2015 |

Storage and data management have become the perhaps the most challenging computational bottlenecks in life sciences (LS) research. The volume and diversity of data generated by modern life science lab instruments and the varying requirements of analysis applications make creating effective solutions far from trivial. What’s more, where LS was once adequately served by conventional Read more…

The Revolution in the Lab is Overwhelming IT

Oct 5, 2015 |

Sifting through the vast treasure trove of data spilling from modern life science instruments is perhaps the defining challenge for biomedical research today. NIH, for example, generates about 1.5PB of data a month, and that excludes NIH-funded external research. Not only have DNA sequencers become extraordinarily powerful, but also they have proliferated in size and Read more…

This Hospital Computer Knows When Your Days Are Numbered

Sep 25, 2015 |

Chalk “predict death” off the list of “what computers can’t do.” A supercomputer at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, Mass., can decipher the likelihood of a patient’s imminent demise with uncanny accuracy. Patients at the hospital are linked up to the machine, which leverages all available patient data — doctors visits, lab results, medications and Read more…

Accelerate Drug Discovery with Machine Learning on Big Medical Data

Sep 24, 2015 |

Pharmaceutical companies spend billions testing prospective drugs by conducting “wet lab” experiments that can take years to complete. But what if the same results could be obtained in a matter of minutes by running computer model simulations instead? A Silicon Valley startup says it has created a novel machine learning algorithm that does just that. Read more…

CSCS Installs Cray CS-Storm Cluster Supercomputer

Sep 15, 2015 |

SEATTLE, Wash., Sept. 15 — Global supercomputer leader Cray Inc. today announced that the Swiss National Supercomputing Centre (CSCS) has installed a Cray CS-Storm cluster supercomputer to power the operational numerical weather forecasts run by the Swiss Federal Office of Meteorology and Climatology (MeteoSwiss). This is the first time a GPU-accelerated supercomputer has been used to Read more…

Cycle Computing Orchestrates Cancer Research on Google Cloud

Sep 10, 2015 |

This week HPC cloud software specialist Cycle Computing announced that its full suite of products can now be used to spin up clusters on Google’s cloud platform. As testament to the new partnership, Cycle leveraged Google Compute Engine (GCE) to run a 50,000-core cancer gene analysis workload for the Broad Institute. As Cycle Computing explains, Broad’s Cancer Group approached them Read more…

IBM Watson Health Cloud Capabilities Expanded

Sep 10, 2015 |

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Sept. 10 — IBM Watson Health today announced it is expanding the IBM Watson Health Cloud with the introduction of the IBM Watson Health Cloud for Life Sciences Compliance and the IBM Watson Care Manager. The IBM Watson Health Cloud for Life Sciences Compliance will help biomedical companies bring medical innovations to market more efficiently. This Read more…

The Era of Personalized Medicine: An Interview with Peter Coveney

Sep 3, 2015 |

What opportunities and challenges come with personalized medicine? What amount of computing is necessary to get meaningful results? Are we able to handle substantial quantities of patient data and to use them to perform predictive, mechanistic modelling and simulation? Based on this, will we be able to deliver therapies and to enhance clinical decision making. Read more…

Weekly Twitter Roundup

Aug 27, 2015 |

Here at HPCwire, we want to help keep the HPC community as up-to-date as possible on some of the most captivating news items that were tweeted throughout the week. The tweets that caught our eye this past week are listed below. Check back in next Thursday for an entirely updated list. #TBT '10: When Louisiana Gov Read more…

Cray Comes Back to TACC

Jul 20, 2015 |

Last week, the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) revealed that it would be continuing the legacy of the Lonestar supercomputer series and reviving its relationship with Cray, the supercomputer maker behind the very first Lonestar system (circa 1997-2002). The original Lonestar was a 50-gigaflops Cray T3E with 88 processsors. With Lonestar 5, TACC is installing Read more…

HP, Intel Partner to Expand HPC Into the Enterprise

Jul 13, 2015 |

When the going gets tough, the tough join together to innovate. This is the message we are hearing from HPC stakeholders across the government and vendor landscape. It would an oversimplification to say that big data is responsible for driving this deeper partner integration but the technology trend has something to with it. More precisely, the Read more…

Workshop Aims to Engage and Inspire Africa’s HPC Professionals

Jul 9, 2015 |

In Africa, high performance computing and related technologies are needed to battle issues no-less-urgent than climate change, food security, fresh water, poverty, disease and energy. Over the last few years a collaborative effort to bolster Africa’s HPC and networking infrastructure has hit its stride with grassroots and international support. The non-profit organization STEM-Trek is a prominent partner Read more…

Panasas Rolls Out ActiveStor 18

Jul 9, 2015 |

Hybrid scale-out NAS specialist Panasas today introduced ActiveStor 18, the latest in its ActiveStor appliance line. According to the company, the new appliance features a 33 percent increase in density, is available in 4TB and 8TB hard drive configurations, and delivers 20PB and 200GB/s scalability. The product will ship in September. “We’re now using Western Read more…

IDC Says Lenovo Strengthens, IBM Stumbles in Q1 Ranking

Jul 7, 2015 |

IDC reported the worldwide technical server market grew more than 10 percent on a year-over-year basis to more than $2.5B for Q1 2015 versus Q1 2014. There was good news for Lenovo, which bumped up to third place behind HP and Dell, while IBM fell from second to a distant fourth. Not surprisingly, the ripples Read more…