Optimizing Next Generation Sequencing Environments with Graph Analytics

Last week, I discussed using the right tool in your technological environment, and today I’d like to note the importance of this when it comes to life sciences, specifically bioinformatics and next generation sequencing (NGS). In this video on Cray’s blog, I describe some of the problems that pharmaceutical and biotech organizations are plagued with, and how a graph analytics solution can resolve them. In the video I answer many key questions that I’ve heard working with scientists, including: How can graph analytics address the data challenges seen in an NGS environment? What power does a graph representation give you that a traditional RDBMS does not give you? Where does a graph analytics solution fit in an NGS ... [ Read More ]

University of Chicago Researchers Make Strides in Genome Sequencing

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When Charles Darwin explored the Galapagos Islands and developed his theory of natural selection, he did so with the help of the H.M.S. Beagle.  The University of Chicago is building on his pioneering work using a supercomputer and storage provided by Cray, also called the Beagle. Darwin's ship gained historic status not because it was particularly unique or special, but because it was the vehicle that carried him to the locations where he completed research that redefined the way we look at evolutionary theory. The Beagle became famous because it was a tool that enabled Darwin to do his work. Theories are essential, but tools are the means by which researchers test their hypotheses and make new discoveries. Today, high performance ... [ Read More ]

Cray Supercomputers Powering Scientific Research in Chemistry and Life Sciences

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In recent months, several chemistry and life sciences organizations have turned to Cray supercomputers to power their scientific research. Among them we welcome Duke University, the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, Université Laval in Canada, S.N. Bose in India, and the PDC Center for High-Performance Computing at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden, as well as a number of leading pharmaceutical companies and biotechs. These organizations are doing groundbreaking work, and providing them with Cray supercomputers is representative of our growing presence in this vitally important segment. Chemistry and life sciences researchers are certainly no strangers to HPC. In fact, as part of the 2013 HPCwire Readers’ ... [ Read More ]

Another Exciting Year

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As we near the end of 2013, Cray is closing out one of the most transformative years in our long and proud history. In just this year alone, we successfully integrated two strategic acquisitions, won a number of large supercomputing contracts at customer sites around the world, significantly expanded our business and portfolio of solutions, continued to build the financial strength of the company, and added a host of highly-talented individuals to our team. It’s been quite a year! Since the early days of our company, starting with our iconic founder Seymour Cray, we have been a trusted partner to customers around the world with a commitment to do two things really well:  be focused on their success and help them to see around the next ... [ Read More ]

Another Milestone for Computational Chemistry

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On October 9, the Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2013 was jointly awarded to Martin Karplus, Michael Levitt and Arieh Warshel “for the development of multiscale models for complex chemical systems.” A New York Times article said the three researchers were awarded the Nobel Prize “for work that did not involve test tubes or lab coats. Instead, they explored the world of molecules virtually, with computers.” This is another key milestone in the solidification of computational chemistry as an important discipline for current and future researchers. It has been more than 50 years since the Nobel Prize in Chemistry was awarded to Linus Pauling “for his research into the nature of the chemical bond and its application to the elucidation of the ... [ Read More ]