Scalable, Secure Storage of Biobank Data (BiobankCloud)
Scalable, Secure Storage of Biobank Data
Start date: Dec 1, 2012,
End date: Nov 30, 2015
BiobankCloud - your PaaS for BiobankingThe storage infrastructure for human biological material is generally known as a biobank. One of the main tenets of biobanking is the digitization of our genomic information for its archival and analysis. That is, in the future, vast amounts of genomic data will be derived from biomaterials stored in biobanks. The scale of the storage requirements for genomic data is huge - a single human genome amounts to coping with the analysis of three billion base pairs. In addition to the storage of genomic data, its analysis will require both massive parallel computing infrastructure and data-intensive computing tools and services to perform analyses in reasonable time. As of 2013, a huge wave of big data is approaching, driven by the decreasing cost of sequencing genomic data, which has been halving every 4 months since 2004. Biobanks store and catalogue human biological material, but they are not prepared to handle this wave of data - there is a biobank bottleneck.
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