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BIU Computing Infrastructure
Currently consists of several rack/blade servers, each equipped with increased memory (96 GB) and hard drive space (18Tb) to house various biomedical/clinical applications capable of 40Gbps data transferring speeds. The servers are running Linux in conjunction with Kernel Based Virtual Machines (KVM) housing several virtual instances of biomedical/clinical databases and applications. A storage solution configuration guaranteeing high availability (HA) of data using a pair of NFS gateway servers in an active-passive configuration to provide resilient data access. The goal is to improve service availability and data integrity in the presence of possible failures or faults, and to maximize performance in the failure-free case. The NFS gateway servers connect multiple storage arrays (231TBs) to provide data access to the virtual machine instances created for clinical databases that are connected to application servers at 40Gbps speed to reduce latency. A high-performance computing (HPC) cluster was built with specialized components providing a fast, reliable, and scalable HPC solution to support processor intensive research. The HPC cluster is equipped with 180 cores and 1.4Tb of Random Access Memory (RAM).
Biomedical Informatics Unit (BIU)