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Earlham Institute Embraces Green-HPC for Collaborative Genome Analysis at Icelandic Data Centre Verne Global

Par Rédaction , dans Communiqués , le 26 septembre 2016

Monday, September 26th 2016 at 9:00am UTC

Leading genomics and bioinformatics research institute chooses
Icelandic data centre to study geographically distributed HPC
bioinformatics platforms to reduce costs and help promote a sustainable
bioeconomy through renewable energy efficiency

NORWICH, England & KEFLAVIK, Iceland–(BUSINESS WIRE)– The Earlham Institute (EI) has announced its new partnership with Verne
, a global developer at the forefront of data centre
infrastructure design.

EI has selected Verne Global’s data centre campus in Iceland to
investigate the efficiencies of distributing large-scale genomics and
computational biology data analysis. The research institute is renowned
for its contribution to the analysis and data-sharing of the highly
complex wheat genome that is critical to securing future global food

In this project, a first for a UK academic institution, EI will examine
the benefits of migrating a strategic collaborative bioinformatics
analysis platform to Iceland via existing academic network providers

EI, through Verne Global, will have access to one of the world’s most
reliable power grids producing 100% geothermal and hydroelectric
renewable energy. As EI’s HPC analysis requirements continue to grow,
Verne Global will enable the institute to save up to 70% in energy costs
(based on 14p to 4p KWH rate) and with no additional power for cooling,
significantly benefiting the organisation in their advanced genomics and
bioinformatics research of living systems.

As a leader in the Life Sciences HPC community, EI aims to better
understand complex scientific issues and their impact to society by
categorising, processing, and analysing the DNA of various crops,
animals, insects and microbes. This includes their flagship project,
bread wheat, which is one of the most perplexing genomes to study, with
a genome sequence five times bigger and more complex than the human

One of EI’s primary goals is to understand crop genomes so new varieties
can be developed to secure food supply in the face of a growing
population and environmental change. The cutting-edge, high-throughput
DNA sequencing instruments generate large amounts of data, from a few
hundred gigabytes to several terabytes per run. The output requires
significant computational effort, making the storage, processing,
analysis and sharing of the data extremely challenging.

“Modern bioinformatics is driven by the generation of ever increasing
volumes of genomic data requiring large and collaborative computing
resources to help process it quickly and at scale. At EI, we have some
of the largest computational platforms for the Life Sciences in Europe
and the demand for our computing capability is only increasing, putting
pressure on the capacity and operational costs of our existing data
centres,” said Dr Tim Stitt, Head of Scientific Computing at EI.

“We are, therefore, very excited to be partnering with Verne Global in
Iceland, who not only can supply medium and high power computing density
at significantly lower energy costs, but who can also deliver excellent
global network communications and data centre security,” said Stitt.

“We are planning to publish a paper on our study, and I hope the impact
of our collaboration with Verne Global will be the catalyst for many
more academic institutions in the UK and Europe to consider migrating
their computing infrastructures to Iceland and benefit from one of the
world’s most reliable and cost-effective green energy resources. I’m
very proud that EI is at the forefront of this shift,” Stitt concluded.

“As more organisations turn to high performance computing to process
large data sets, demand is growing for scalable and secure data centre
solutions. The source, availability and reliability of the power grid
infrastructure is becoming a critical factor in a data centre site
selection decision,” said Jeff Monroe, CEO at Verne Global.

“Verne Global is able to deliver EI a forward-thinking path for growth
with a solution that combines unparalleled costs savings with
operational efficiencies to support their data-intensive research,”
explained Monroe.

About Verne Global:

Verne Global, a global company with facilities in Keflavik, Iceland, is
at the forefront of data center infrastructure design. Verne Global
leverages Iceland’s highly available, abundant and renewable power grid
to deliver flexible, scalable and secure data center solutions. As the
scale and complexity of enterprise and supercomputing requirements
grows, forward-thinking IT leaders can reduce power risk and realise
long-term, significant TCO cost savings with Verne Global. To learn
more, visit

About Earlham Institute

The Earlham Institute (EI) is a leading research institute focusing on
the development of genomics and computational biology. EI is based
within the Norwich Research Park and is one of eight institutes that
receive strategic funding from Biotechnology and Biological Science
Research Council (BBSRC) – £6.45M in 2015/2016 – as well as support from
other research funders. EI operates a National Capability to promote the
application of genomics and bioinformatics to advance bioscience
research and innovation.

EI offers a state of the art DNA sequencing facility, unique by its
operation of multiple complementary technologies for data generation.
The Institute is a UK hub for innovative bioinformatics through
research, analysis and interpretation of multiple, complex data sets. It
hosts one of the largest computing hardware facilities dedicated to life
science research in Europe. It is also actively involved in developing
novel platforms to provide access to computational tools and processing
capacity for multiple academic and industrial users and promoting
applications of computational Bioscience. Additionally, the Institute
offers a training programme through courses and workshops, and an
outreach programme targeting key stakeholders, and wider public
audiences through dialogue and science communication activities.
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