Bio-IT World 2017: Life Sciences Embrace Cloud

Hope you had a chance to attend the 16th annual, three-day Boston Bio-IT World Conference & Expo this year. Competitions included: Best Practices awards announcements and the Benjamin Franklin Award, and the show planners named the 2017 Best of Show winners. Tracks for the conference included: data and storage management, cloud computing, networking hardware, bioinformatics, next-gen sequencing informatics, data security and more. Face to face As many times as I’ve walked Bio-IT’s exhibit hall floor, the excitement of seeing in person someone I’ve been interacting with via email and phone – in some cases for years – and hearing their thoughts still pumps me up. True, social media has diminished the impact of conferences, but the ... [ Read More ]

Cray’s New Urika-XC Suite: the Convergence of Supercomputing and Analytics

Cray today announced the launch of the Cray® Urika®-XC analytics software suite, which brings graph analytics, deep learning and robust big data analytics tools to the company’s flagship line of Cray® XC™ supercomputers. The Cray Urika-XC analytics software suite empowers data scientists to make breakthrough discoveries previously hidden within massive datasets, and achieve faster time to insight while leveraging the scale and performance of Cray XC supercomputers. With the Urika-XC software suite, analytics and artificial intelligence (AI) workloads can run alongside scientific modeling and simulations on XC supercomputers, eliminating costly and time-consuming movement of data between systems. Cray XC customers will be able to run ... [ Read More ]

Data Analytics Rule at Spark Summit West 2017

Spark Summit West is always well attended, and this year was no exception. Data engineers, data scientists, programmers, architects and technology enthusiasts descended on San Francisco’s Moscone Center earlier this month to learn all about the latest developments with Apache Spark™ and its massive ecosystem. Complexity of analytics use cases and data science was a dominant theme throughout this year’s event. The keynote by the CEO and co-founder of Databricks, Ali Ghodsi, highlighted some of the challenges with implementing large-scale analytics projects. Ghodsi discussed how the continued growth of Apache Spark has resulted in myriad innovative uses cases, from churn analytics to genome sequencing. These applications are difficult to ... [ Read More ]

Hail Powers Precision Medicine on the Urika-GX Platform

Hail is an open-source platform for analyzing variants in genomic data on top of Apache Spark™. It takes advantage of three key elements of Spark’s design: Scalability. Datasets are multi-terabyte and growing rapidly. Simpler APIs. They hide the complexity of distributed computing and parallel execution, and let biologists explore data using familiar biological terms. Algorithms for large-scale linear algebra and ML. Performant code leverages both linear algebra legacy and custom libraries (for example, Cray compilers and tools). Hail provides a parallel Scala API as well as parallel Python API, and adds powerful, expressive high-level layers that include: fast, easy data ingest in various data formats, especially if you’re ... [ Read More ]

Cray CEO Discusses New Supercomputing as a Service

Cray’s president and chief executive officer, Peter Ungaro, offers insights into the company’s new supercomputing-as-a-service offering, in partnership with Markley. The first industry offering is the Cray® Urika®-GX agile analytics platform for life sciences organizations. Q: Pete, tell us about this announcement. Ungaro: One of the things that customers have been asking us for is the ability to get access to a Cray supercomputer in different ways, other than purchasing one, putting it into their datacenter and managing it themselves, as not all customers have the facility, staff or budget. Some want the option to use OpEx dollars and to not have to host and manage the system themselves. Our first example of this was our partnership ... [ Read More ]