As the amount of biomedical research data that is generated is increasing exponentially, managing and storing the research data is increasingly becoming a bottleneck in biomedical research. Following an EU-wide purchasing procedure, KI has purchased one of the largest computing clusters in Sweden dedicated to research on big biomedical data (2 Petabytes of storage capacity, 24 computer nodes, 674 CPU cores and 6 terabytes of operating memory). As the Center is based on the Open Source Apache Hadoop and Spark frameworks, it is a scalable solution that can be cost-effectively adapted to changing demands in the biomedical field.
“Systematic “omics” analyses are part of our excellence project in biomarker research, funded by the Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research (SSF). The project is systematically investigating the usefulness of high-throughput “omics” analyses to identify biomarkers useful for cervical cancer screening
“This investment will greatly improve our ability to manage and store the immense amounts of data generated”, says Joakim Dillner, professor of infectious disease epidemiology and principal investigator of the SSF grant.
“We are also coordinating a Nordic Center of Excellence in health-related eSciences (www.nordicehealth.se ) funded by NordForsk. The Biomedical Computing Center will enable additional Nordic collaborations in eHealth and research on Big Biomedical Data”, says Davit Bzhalava, Head Bioinformatician of the group.
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