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TechEX 2019 Sneak Peek: Emerging Opportunities in HPC Cloud & Co-location Services at the University of Nevada - Las Vegas

Nov 26, 2019, by Sara Aly
Tags: 2019 Technology Exchange, Cloud Computing, Frontpage News, High Performance Computing, Higher Education, Recent Posts

By Joseph Lombardo, University of Nevada - Las Vegas (UNLV)

At the UNLV's Supercomputing Institute (NSI) we were challenged by the following question: how do you give researchers and other big data users on our campus the power to optimize codes and decrease the turnaround time on complex computational solutions, all while reducing the overall costs? The solution led us to a unique public-private collaboration with Wasabi Technologies, Altair Engineering, and Switch that supports a flexible cloud and hybrid computing environment. 

NSI supports neurodegeneration and translational neuroscience research that extends to the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health. The hybrid computing environment we created was able to fuse brain imaging, neuropsychological and behavioral studies, along with the diagnostic genomic exome sequencing models to increase our knowledge of dementia-related and age-associated degenerative disorders associated with Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease. 

We are also currently working on deploying a cloud computing & co-location platform that supports the development and application of computational analytics at UNLV’s Nevada Institute of Personalized Medicine (NIPM). The main tasks associated with NIPM are two-fold. 

First, the collaboration will produce large sequencing and other genomic data for the individual projects that will require datasets to be transferred to the NSI computer clusters for processing and analyses. The challenge is to sure that the transfer is efficient.

Second, researchers will then process the data, integrate data from different experiments, conduct annotation and analyses, and create and store the data for use by the projects. For this task, we have established pipelines for Next-Generation Sequencing (NGS) data processing and analyses on NSI’s computer clusters.

We hope you can join us at our 2019 Internet2 Technology Exchange session, Emerging Opportunities in HPC Cloud & Co-location Services, on Thursday, December 12 at 1:40 p.m. During this talk we will focus on the emerging technology environment created by leveraging and coalescing resources and diverse expertise brought forth by this new public-private collaboration—and compelling reasons for why you should consider porting over to a cloud environment.

Collaborations with the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health and the Nevada Institute of Personalized Medicine are currently funded by 2 Institutional Development Awards (IDeA) from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences of the National Institutes of Health: #P20GM109025 & #P20GM121325. The content is solely the responsibility of the author(s) and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.