Facility for Data Storage & High-Performance computing #F3
The Human Technopole (HT) aims to develop a National Facility to provide Data Storage and High-Performance Computing (HPC) solutions for the huge computational demands generated by Personalized Medicine. Indeed, this National Facility will support Personalized Medicine projects and services in the country hospitals and wider biomedical research community in an efficient and sustainable manner. To this end, a reference site will be established to facilitate this community’s access to validated standardized tools, datasets, and HPC resources.
Therefore, the Facility F3 will undertake joint endeavors in HPC and big data to create the basis for a national infrastructure. These endeavors include i) designing an integrated common sharing technology, ii) developing domain-oriented problem-solving solutions intended to become benchmarks and standards, iii) facilitating efficient access to databases of large volumes of structured and unstructured data, and iv) creating workflow strategies to close the dramatic gap between the next-generation informatics and computational tools and the ultimate goal of Personalized Medicine. This aim will be achieved by creating mirror sites of publicly available genomic data and by enabling the electronic management of health records. To do this, it will be necessary to i) warehouse different large databases, ii) assimilate and process data from different sources, iii) provide domain-aware intelligent interfaces for discovering and accessing the data, and iv) process data with HPC and high-efficiency hardware. The Human Technopole is expected to generate petabytes-to-exabytes of data each year. To extract meaningful features and patterns, these data will need to be efficiently stored and promptly processed.
HT and the Italian Supercomputer Center, CINECA, will collaborate to achieve these ambitious goals. A high-performance network connection will run between Bologna (the site of CINECA headquarter) and Milan in at the Expo site (where all the experimental activities and data generation will be performed). To transfer terabytes of data in a few minutes, the network infrastructure must carry at least 40 Gbit/s. The communication flow between Bologna and Milan will be increased up to a highly efficient 100 Gbit/s, which is the present level of network infrastructures worldwide.
Platforms & Infrastructures
National Facility to provide Data Storage and High-Performance Computing (HPC) solutions for the huge computational demands generated by Personalized Medicine.
A team of software engineers and computer scientists to develop new software and informatics tools to serve bioscience and life science.
The Human Technopole and the Italian Supercomputer Center CINECA will collaborate to set up the F3 infrastructure.