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NEWS HIGH-PERFORMANCE COMPUTING


Pure Storage announces Technology Alliance Partner Programme


Pure Storage has announced the launch of its Technology Alliance Partner Program (TAP), which will enable further collaboration between participating technology and solutions partners. Today’s customers require


strategic, thoughtful integration and partnerships between vendors to address the challenges associated with modern business. The TAP programme allows Pure Storage to collaborate with alliance partners focused on priorities most critical to strategic decision- makers – building the best hybrid cloud, transitioning to fast, consolidated architectures, and deriving business value from AI and analytics. The TAP programme is


intended to provide a structured framework for partner engagement and solution development to ensure proven solutions for joint customers. Partners in the programme enjoy access to Pure’s latest APIs and software development kits to drive strategic integration, and ultimately enable better business results for shared customers. Partners will also have access to Pure hardware via a newly- developed on-site demo lab. ‘Our alliance partners enable


customers to achieve goals faster and more effectively. We designed this programme to make it easier for ecosystem partners to partner with Pure on joint initiatives and solutions,’ said Katie Colbert, vice president of alliances, Pure Storage. ‘The programme represents a significant step forward in our technology alliance ecosystem. By investing resources into integrations with our partners, we can enable customers to quickly and confidently extend the value of their investments through an active network of integrated and validated solutions.’ Together with a diverse and


high-performing technology alliance partner ecosystem, Pure Storage offers joint solutions that span private cloud, multi-cloud, analytics, AI, integrated systems and modern data protection.


LABORATORY INFORMATICS


Bioinformatics hub enables next- gen infectious disease research


The Bacterial and Viral Bioinformatics Resource Center (BV-BRC) at the University of Chicago will provide data resources that scientists need to prevent the spread of viral bacterial pathogens. The new big data resource combines


two independent efforts at UChicago and the J Craig Venter Institute (JCVI) into a common infrastructure that will support richer scientific data and more powerful analytic tools. The resource will be funded by the National Institutes of Health and the contract award could total $43.2m over five years if all options are exercised. The primary awardee is UChicago, with sub-awards given to JCVI, the University of Virginia and the Fellowship for Interpretation of Genomes. ‘In the next five years, the number of


sequenced bacterial and viral samples will exceed 10 million, with the amount and variety of associated data growing in proportion,’ said Rick Stevens, professor of computer science at UChicago and co-principal investigator of BV-BRC. ‘The centre will transform existing resources into a scalable platform for comparative bioinformatics, large-scale data analysis, integrative data mining and discovery, and AI in support of the infectious disease research community.’ The BRC platforms enable non-


bioinformatic experts to maximise the value of data related to the pathogens. The new BV-BRC will combine the data, technology, and extensive user communities from two long-running centres: Patric, the bacterial system, and viral systems IRD/ViPR. Currently, Patric hosts 200,000 bacterial genomes and IRD/ViPR hosts 1.5 million viral genomes. In addition, the two resources host data on protein structure and function, clinical studies, drug targets and resistance, epidemiology, and provide open source


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tools for data analysis and genomic annotation. ‘The merging of Patric and IRD/ViPR


resources is an exciting opportunity that will allow us to combine the complementary expertise in genomics and high-performance computing of these two teams, and take advantage of the latest developments in big data analytics and AI,’ said Richard Scheuermann, La Jolla campus director of the JCVI, adjunct professor of pathology at the University of California San Diego, and co-principal investigator of BV-BRC. In addition to combining datasets and infrastructure, the BV-BRC will also enable next-generation infectious disease research by creating datasets and tools that help researchers take advantage of cloud and high-performance computing, machine learning and other advanced informatics approaches. For example, researchers are now


increasingly building machine learning models based on genomic data that infer pathogen function and virulence risk, identify drug targets and mechanisms of drug resistance, or predict clinical outcomes in patients treated with particular antibiotics or antivirals. The BV-BRC will provide data in structures optimised for machine learning approaches, create tools for researchers to construct new models, and host predictive models for elsewhere in the community. ‘With the vast proliferation of available data and analysis techniques, we’re excited about joining forces to give researchers, scientists, and physicians access to advanced tools, state-of-the- art methods, and critical infrastructure to accelerate the state of pathogenic research and response, as well as to begin to answer emerging questions in novel ways,’ said Stevens.


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