We have recently worked with The Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics (WTCHG) at the University of Oxford to integrate a new server cluster.
The new cluster is supporting the statistical genetics research of 25 groups and more than 100 researchers, enabling them to analyse the human genome at much faster speeds. With sophisticated analytical techniques, they are working out similarities and differences in the genetic make-up of diseases like diabetes, heart disease and cancer.
The cluster is built using a Fujitsu high-performance cluster with Mellanox InfiniBand and DataDirect Networks storage systems. There is a 2.6x performance increase over the new cluster’s predecessor built in 2011. It has 1,728 cores of processing power, up from 912, with 16GB 1866MHz memory per core compared to a maximum of 8GB per core on the older cluster.