European Researchers Model the Human Brain


You may have seen recent news items regarding the Human Brain Project (HBP), a ten-year European neuroscience research initiative. Interactive computer simulation of brain models is central to its success. Cray was recently awarded a contract for the third and final phase of an R&D program (known in the European Union as a Pre-Commercial Procurement or PCP) to deliver a pilot system on which interactive simulation and analysis techniques will be developed and tested. The Cray work is being undertaken by the newly launched Cray EMEA Research Lab. This article discusses the ideas being developed and tested, ideas that we expect to be useful to many Cray users. Step one is to manage the computer system in the same way other large pieces ... [ Read More ]

Cray’s Innovative Analytics System Named “Best of Show”


At last week’s Bio-IT Conference & Expo, Cray’s Urika-XA™ extreme analytics platform was selected as Best of Show in the IT Infrastructure and Hardware category. For Cray, this recognition was a validation of the work we’ve undertaken in recent years to leverage our experience and expertise in supercomputing and analytics and apply it to the unique challenges of the life sciences industry. I’d like to highlight the three reasons I believe we were selected. First, for IT organizations in the life sciences, the struggle to address two corporate imperatives — reducing the costs of computing while enabling the timely delivery of results from complex computing tasks — creates an almost overwhelming challenge. For many companies, a shift ... [ Read More ]

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


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 ]

NGS at the Forefront of Molecular Med Tri-Con

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Last week, the Cray team had the opportunity to attend and present at the 22nd International Molecular Medicine Tri-Conference, an event focused on drug discovery, genomics, diagnostics and information technology. After speaking with attendees who stopped by the Cray booth, I walked away with five insights:   The interest in precision medicine – the tailoring of medical decisions, practices and products to individual patients rather than an aggregate population – is accelerating, thanks in no small part to President Obama’s recent recognition in his State of the Union message. The president’s proposed 2016 federal budget request includes a $215 million investment, to be allocated between different agencies, targeted at ... [ Read More ]

Unlocking the Full Potential of Health Data


The health care industry is facing a challenging transition as it tries to use data more effectively. Gathering, sharing and analyzing patient information is an incredibly challenging process that is contributing to a technological revolution across the health care sector. One of the main challenges in our health care system today is the difficulty in working with patient data, because it exists in a variety of formats, both structured and unstructured, and it often exists in large volumes, making it difficult to handle in many data centers. This is where supercomputing comes into play, and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is leading a project that is taking key steps forward in driving innovation. According to a recent ... [ Read More ]