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 ... [ Read More ]

Leidos and Cray to Offer Multi-Level Security Solutions

Cray and Leidos, a global science and technology solutions leader, have signed a strategic alliance agreement to offer Multi-Level Security (MLS) solutions that include the Cray® CS™ series of cluster supercomputers to federal and commercial customers. Customers are facing rapidly evolving challenges: increasing cyberattacks, a competition-driven need to reduce time to market and a constant focus on increasing efficiencies. Through this strategic alliance, Leidos and Cray can now work together to expand current MLS solutions that are designed to give customers the ability to: Manage risk and collaborate more efficiently by allowing teams at varying security clearances to access the same system in a single environment, while ... [ Read More ]

Cray System Helps Cut Jet Fuel Burn by 15 Percent

Consider the engine power required to get a plane off the ground. And then consider the engineering that goes into it. Brian Mitchell does. Every day. The senior principal engineer at GE Global Research leads the development of GE’s in-house computational fluid dynamics (CFD) code. Engineers utilize CFD to design better compressor blades, fan blades, turbine blades — all the stuff of the modern jet engine. “What we do is write the software that GE Aviation uses to simulate the air flow in jet engines,” says Dr. Mitchell. In fact, engine design, CFD — and the powerful computers to process it all — have a strongly symbiotic relationship. Market demand for more fuel-efficient engines requires more creative designs. Those designs ... [ 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 ]