It has been another week and we’re back again with a look at the goings on in the supercomputing sector. This week’s news is highlighted, in particular, by a couple of major large-scale projects and more high-performance computing developments coming out of academia.
Human Brain Project nearing startup
The Human Brain Project has long been a discussion point in the HPC sector because the initiative involves using supercomputers to simulate the human brain. This means combining different types of systems to replicate data storage, processing and analysis in the same way the brain does to gain a better understanding of how humans think. This potentially groundbreaking effort is about to kick off. According to a recent HPCWire report, the project is set to begin this month as engineers spend approximately 30 months to create and test the actual platforms that will be used to support the initiative.
The news source explained that the project’s broad goals are only going to be achievable through effective use of advanced supercomputing technology.
YarcData contributing to pharmaceutical advances
Cray subsidiary YarcData will partner with Selventa to help the pharmaceutical sector gain a better understanding of issues pertaining to personalized medicine. The initiative will feature the Urika® big data appliance and apply the storage and analytics capabilities of the technology to provide key insight into how pharmaceuticals target drugs for development. The end result could be reduced time spent on evaluating drugs and a more efficient research and development cycle.
Dave de Graaf, president and CEO for Selventa, explained that this analytics project could provide key development in how drugs are matched with individuals.
“With 50 percent of drugs ineffective or worse, there is an immediate opportunity to better match treatments to individuals based on their biomarker profiles,” said de Graaf. “Using this insight, pharmaceutical companies can create a larger number of targeted products that optimally benefit patients. Big data and the intellectual properties derived from it have an immense potential to drive personalized medicine. This, in turn, will lead to an increase in knowledge and our requirements for scalable, flexible solutions that can deliver results in a fraction of the time than the traditional databases.”
LSU receives supercomputing grant
Louisiana State University recently obtained a $3.92 million National Science Foundation grant to support supercomputing investments at the institution’s Center for Computation and Technology, HPCWire reported.
Honggao Liu, deputy director for the Center for Computation and Technology, told the news source that the ability to provide stakeholders with more advanced supercomputing assets should make the research center more attractive for students and highly-prestigious faculty alike.
The device to be implemented through the grant funding will feature Nvidia Kepler GPUs along with Xeon Phi processors, the report said.
Liu told HPCWire that project being run on the new solution will include efforts in climate change, drug discovery and black hole simulation.