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 ]

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 ]

Markley and Cray Offer Supercomputing as a Service

Global supercomputer leader Cray Inc. and Markley, a premier provider of datacenter space and cloud computing services, today announced a partnership to provide supercomputing-as-a-service solutions that combine the power of Cray supercomputers with the premier hosting capabilities of Markley. Through the partnership, Markley will offer Cray supercomputing technologies, as a hosted offering, and both companies will collaborate to build and develop industry-specific solutions. The availability of sought-after supercomputing capabilities both on-premises and in the cloud has become increasingly desirable across a range of industries, including life sciences, bio-pharma, aerospace, government, banking and more – as organizations work to ... [ Read More ]

Urika-GX: A Game Changer for Big Data Analytics

There’s a lot of hype around big data in healthcare and the life sciences. But big data is here to stay. Information is what drives the entire industry. When I worked in big pharma, I learned that the product of a pharmaceutical company is not a pill, it's a label. And a label is just a specific assemblage of information, carefully distilled from terabytes of information collected and analyzed over the course of many years by many intelligent people. To compete, companies have to be very good at turning data into information, and information into knowledge. The stakes couldn't be higher, because every day millions of patients rely on the quality of this data and the strength of the analyses done by researchers. Analyzing big data is ... [ Read More ]