Sanger genome research data centre set to double data throughput again

The Wellcome Trust’s Sanger Institute for genome research is upgrading its network with more computer power to cope with data crunching demands.

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The Wellcome Trust’s Sanger Institute for genome research is upgrading its network with more computer power to cope with data crunching demands.

Wellcome Trust bought the Hinxton Hall estate for research in 1994, and in 2005 opened a data centre to house the operation's burgeoning data storage and compute requirements for genome research.

The data centre is spread across two rooms to provide redundancy, and the cross traffic between the two sections was already starting to stretch capacity before network storage upgrades in 2012.

To support further data traffic demands and extra compute power being planned, Sanger installed two of the latest Extreme Black Diamond BDX 8 switches in August 2013, allowing the facility to double throughput from 4 x 10Gbps to 2 x 40Gbps in one array.

It also gave Sanger extra breathing room to upgrade the compute facility with a further six thousand cores in the second half of 2014.

Already the system is running at 60 percent capacity. However the BDX 8s will support an upgrade to 4 x 40Gbps to further double throughput when required.

Jon Nicholson, network team leader at Sanger, said: "Already we have over a thousand 10Gig ports deployed in the data centre, supporting over twenty thousand cores of compute, and over 20 petabytes of data in a clustered file system."

 
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