Wellcome Sanger Institute Case Study

High Performance Storage for Genomics Research

Cray ClusterStor L300N keeps Researchers Focused on Breakthroughs

Imagine searching for a needle in a haystack. Although each individual search is relatively simple, the haystacks are huge, the needles are tiny, and the searches must be completed several thousand times a second. The prize? Insight into human pathogens and biology that could help combat or even prevent an infectious disease outbreak. Or a cure for malaria. Or a cure for cancer. And there’s a budget.

No pressure.

That was the challenge presented to Cray by the Wellcome Sanger Institute, a world leader in genome research. Learn about the specifics of their requirements, and how the Cray ClusterStor L300N was the ideal solution.

Read the Case Study to find out:

Why the hybrid SSD/HDD configuration solved the critical “needle vs. haystack” problem

Why transparency and ease of installation was crucial

The extra value the Cray team brought to the project


“It’s a huge scale-out I/O problem,” says Peter Clapham, leader of the Institute’s Informatics Support Group. “You have to see through to what you need, bring it into your workflow, load it into your memory. And it’s happening thousands of times per second.”

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