phoenixNAP, a global IT services provider offering security-focused cloud infrastructure, dedicated servers, colocation, and specialized Infrastructure-as-a-Service technology solutions, announced a case study detailing its collaboration with Intel on building an IT platform for a COVID-19 project by Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen), an affiliate of City of Hope.
To meet the platform needs
TGen proposed the creation of a centralized platform for knowledge and information sharing between researchers from all over the world. With this platform, TGen aims to pull automatically data related to COVID-19 sequenced genomes from multiple sources and provide an aggregated dataset to enable comparative research. TGen has so far identified several new features in the SARS-CoV-2 genome and continues to focus on making new contributions to the cause.
Glen Otero, VP Scientific Computing, TGen, said,
“We needed a robust computational environment for large data volumes and sophisticated analytical tools. We have maintained compute infrastructure with phoenixNAP for years, but we needed to expand and customize it to support this project. We got a more streamlined, powerful infrastructure that will give us enough power and memory, while at the same time providing us with a great degree of flexibility as our research expands. Intel Optane PMem emerged as a logical solution to support large data sets.”
phoenixNAP and Intel collaborated to provide a customized solution to support the platform needs like powerful hardware to ensure processing, reliable storage, and global availability. phoenixNAP’s hardware-as-a-service (HaaS) powered by Intel Xeon Dual Gold 6258R CPUs and Intel NVMe’s (P4610) with Intel VROC, Intel NICs, and Intel Optane persistent memory met the needs of the project.