The nation's fastest supercomputer link among life science facilities is providing the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) with the the ability to accelerate its analysis of disease research. The superspeeds are compliments of a Cox Business LightWave Service computer connection, which is enhanced by military technology provided by Obsidian Strategics military technology.
The link is moving data 100 times faster than every before between TGen and Saguaro 2, Arizona State University's (ASU) supercomputer. The facilities are using the link to enance molecular research into diseases such as Alzheimer's, diabetes and many types of cancer, which requires the transfer and processing of data sets containing trillions of bits of DNA information. What used to take more than a week, now takes just a few hours.
Reducing transmission time will become more critical in the future, with TGen's next-generation sequencers easily producing as much as 30 terabytes of data per experiment, or the equivalent of an iPod with 15 million songs.
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