Data Center Tech Blog
Victoria Koepnick

Product Marketing, Software Solutions

As part of SanDisk®’s mission to enrich people’s lives through digital storage, we have pursued opportunities to make a difference in the field of science all around the world. SanDisk enterprise products are helping to accelerate data transfer, Big Data analytics, and database queries to speed research and analysis of scientific findings.

Accelerating High Energy Physics Data Transfer

Working in conjunction with the CERN Laboratory in Geneva, Switzerland, teams of physicists are using flash memory to push the limits of network technology with the goal of enabling rapid remote access to large datasets from the Large Hadron Collider (LHC).

Housed at CERN, the LHC is the world’s largest and most powerful particle accelerator. ATLAS is one of the particle physics experiments at the LHC that is searching for new physics discoveries in the collisions of protons of extraordinarily high energy. ATLAS is learning about the basic forces that have both shaped our Universe since the beginning of time and that will determine its fate.

This research requires collaboration among hundreds of organizations and thousands of physicists across the globe. The ATLAS data sample is approximately 170 petabytes and must be transferred from CERN to other centers around the world to enable scientists to rapidly access and analyze data, and speed up discoveries―which has proven to be a great challenge.

Working with Fusion ioMemory solutions, the University of Michigan and University of Victoria research teams deployed a single server storage environment to fuel their multi-site supercomputing project. It was necessary that the solution deliver massive data transmissions, while eliminating the need for a multi-server configuration, thereby reducing complexity, cost, and points of failure. Deploying Fusion ioMemory solutions also dramatically reduced the server footprint needed to disseminate these enormous datasets and succeeded in transmitting them at 100 Gbps.

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DNA Sequencing: From 37 Days To Less Than Two Hours

Mercator BioLogic, a leading-edge technical solutions provider in the bio-informatics business, has been helping the medical industry more easily ingest, assemble, and cross-reference human DNA. This effort enables healthcare experts to identify root causes and treat medical conditions related to our individual genetic code.

The current industry standard for the chromosome mapping and assembly process with the genetic code baseline is 37 to 45 days per biological sample―meaning that a person with a rare cancer who wants a targeted treatment approach could wait more than a month for test results. But the situation is even more daunting; there are thousands of active DNA sequencing requests to resolve, and the current assembly process is performed only on a limited number of specialized machines.

However, there is hope! With Fusion ioMemory storage, SanDisk ION Accelerator software, and an Oracle RAC cluster, Mercator BioLogic slashed this genetic code assembly from 37 days to less than an hour and a half―with no loss in accuracy. This opens the doors to exciting advances in multiple industries such as healthcare, law enforcement and agriculture. This breakthrough could lead to faster diagnosis and treatment of genetic-based diseases, more accurate identification of criminal suspects, and safer breeding of livestock.

High-Speed Query Processing for One-Fourth of the World’s Published Science and Technology Data

Established in 1996, Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) is a core national institution responsible for creating knowledge and sharing the outcome of research activities with Japanese society. J-GLOBAL—a comprehensive portal for science and technology—supports the linking of diverse information, such as literature, patents, research topics and researchers. To develop an enhanced version of J-GLOBAL known as J-GLOBAL Knowledge, JST selected the HP ProLiant DL980 G7 server and SanDisk’s Fusion ioMemory PCIe application accelerators. J-GLOBAL Knowledge holds approximately one-fourth of the world-wide published science and technology data, including papers, patents, and research projects. The agency has collected the data of papers in Japan for more than 50 years, at a rate of up to one million data items annually. The total number of papers collected to date exceeds 36 million.

For high-speed query processing of such a massive amount of data, large memory and high-speed storage I/O were essential. JST turned to Fusion ioMemory PCIe application accelerators. The entire procedure of data search has been streamlined and processing performance has been accelerated. The team has measured reads as fast as 2.8GB per second and writes as fast as 1.8GB per second.

Expanding Possibilities

Flash memory has ushered in a new era of computing that enables new possibilities for scientific findings, research and analysis. SanDisk flash memory solutions are powering world-leading projects that help deliver breakthrough discoveries for advancing the future of science, health and humanity.

Learn more about how customers were able to leverage SanDisk flash technology to virtualize SQL servers, reduce search query times, and improve QoS by streaming our recent webinar, Flash Stories: Making Smarter Decisions Faster:

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