ARES – A GÉANT Open Call project aims to address urgent genome data set challenges
Cambridge, UK | 05 November 2014
Making large data sets accessible to healthcare practitioners for better patient care.
“It is expected that in the next few years all newborns will have their whole genomes sequenced, with medicine increasingly built upon genome processing, it is evident that managing genomic data will shortly be a very serious problem.” (O’Driscoll, Daugelaite & Sleator 2013).
GÉANT Open Call project, ARES, (Advanced networking for the EU genomic Research) aims to create a novel Content Distribution Network (CDN) architecture to support medical and research activities making use of rapidly increasing large genomic data sets.
The objective is to design and deploy scalable network service architectures that allow quick, efficient delivery of genomic processing results to support European medical and research needs. It will make use of both Cloud Computing and Content Distribution Network architecture services in addition to open source software packages.
ARES is a collaboration between students and researchers at the University of Perugia (UoP) and the Polo d'Innovazione di Genomica, Genetica e Biologica SCARL
A serious and urgent issue
As we enter an era of genomics-based healthcare, critical decisions are increasingly genetically informed and personalised to each patient. In addition, it is expected that public health, business and academia will soon want to access DNA sequences more frequently, as well as industries such as biology, food and medicine.
But with one sequenced human genome file equal to about 3.2 GB, the immense computer required to process this data as part of very large data sets, is seeing data growth in orders of magnitude. The Catalog of Human Genetic Variation (1000 Genomes), for example, is 464 TB for just 1000 samples.
This growing interest in genome data, coupled with the increasing speed of DNA sequencing and dramatic lowering of costs allows study in much greater depth, which in turn requires a more powerful infrastructure.
The future of ARES
The results will provide the GÉANT network with a strong example of the advantages of an advanced CDN service and demonstrates a platform that has potential for other computational and storage intensive data uses.
Their next steps will be to perform a comprehensive set of experiments on the proposed novel CDN concept on genomic data sets.
GÉANT Open Calls
As part of the GÉANT Innovation Programme, the GÉANT Open Call projects bring in fresh ideas and support new uses of the network. There are 21 projects within the Open Call initiative, each aligned to one of the GÉANT project’s joint research activities within its innovation programme. All Open Call projects sit within one of four subject areas:
Applications and Tools – supporting advanced research activities and projects.
Authentication – helping support secure end-to-end authentication of systems and people.
Network Architecture and Optical Projects – studying future networking systems.
SDN - exploring Software Defined Networking potential to meet new networking demands.
The power of the GÉANT network and those of its National Research and Education Network partner networks comes from the applications researchers use across them. By developing innovative uses for the network, barriers to research can be broken down and collaboration across Europe is increased. These activities have been designed to investigate how the GÉANT network can support advanced research activities and projects.
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