New Computational Tools Leverage Hadoop® and Spark™ for NGS Workflows

Bio-It-Blog

Life sciences research continues to evolve rapidly. While structural biology, drug discovery and materials science are still important, we’re seeing an increasing focus on analytics and the more effective use of data. The race to understand patients and diseases at the molecular level to achieve precision medicine is fueling this shift. Recently my colleague, Ted Slater, wrote about precision medicine and the role genomics is having in improving cancer care. The development of next-generation sequencing (NGS) technologies is explosively growing the use of genomics for research related to human disease, agriculture and evolutionary sciences; with new developments aimed at greater accuracy, faster results and lower costs. With the rapid ... [ Read More ]

The Best Practices are No Longer the “Best” Practices – Part II

CyberSecurity_blogv2

Earlier this week, I shared my views about best practices and cybersecurity. Now I want to move beyond best practices as your sole defense. The traditional cybersecurity mindset is one of prevention, believing threats cannot penetrate — and this is why security plans fail. It’s easy to assume defenses are successful against an insidious threat. Metrics will show an effective compliance program, intrusion detection and access denial. Yet to take for granted that the threat is gone, rather than having simply moved to another path within your network, is foolhardy. Assuming there are numerous threats to your security measures that are coming in a dynamic and continuous fashion may seem paranoid, but just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean ... [ Read More ]

The Best Practices are No Longer the “Best” Practices – Part I

CyberSecurity_blogv1

There was a time when information systems security was simpler. It focused on the appropriate time frame to take a sample of a one-dimensional system log that tracked events like blocked traffic, virus detection and machines taken off-line. Reporting on routine operations is a best practice, and following best practices is always… well… a good practice. Include some metrics for the percentage of your personnel trained in cyber risk avoidance and endpoint compliance and you have a nice corporate report. But, does it really mean anything? Clearly, the continuous barrage of media reports on breaches, data theft and cybercrime are not abating. In today’s Cray blog post, I would like to take you through a few cybersecurity “best practices” ... [ Read More ]

Music and the Internet of Things at SXSW

SXSW

Every March the South by Southwest (SXSW) music, film and interactive festivals and conferences draw tens of thousands of artists, fans and techies to Austin, Texas. This year Cray was asked to join the Raptor House 2-day invitation-only music, culture and technology event, which has previously been attended by such varied guests as Deepak Chopra, Kanye West and Willie Nelson. I participated in a panel on the Internet of Things (IoT) — the network of “connected” devices such as smart cars, thermostats, electricity meters and wearables — and discussed some significant opportunities for using the large volumes of data generated by these devices. IDC estimates that by 2020 there will be 20 billion such devices on the Internet. While the ... [ Read More ]

Sport Analytics: Who is Really All-In?

Baseball Cray Blog

Who is the ‘Mystery' MLB Team that has a Cray Supercomputer? It is a great story, but after two decades in the U.S. Special Operations Command and another 10 years building and operating capabilities for the government as a defense contractor, I fully understand the power of a secret. My colleague, Nick Davis, recently expressed his frustrations at not being able to tell the world more about our involvement in Major League Baseball (MLB). I could not agree more, because working with our mystery team, bringing the advanced analytics capabilities of our Urika-GD™ graph discovery appliance to baseball, has been one of my most prized experiences. And now to have the writers at ESPN The Magazine mistakenly associate us with the Houston ... [ Read More ]