The Bioinformatics Shared Resource takes advantage of two world-class and locally available computing resources necessary to provide high-level bioinformatics support.
First, through collaboration with the RPCI information technology (IT) department, we have acquired a high-performance cluster with 1,600 processors and 200 TB of high-performance storage. This cluster is specifically designed for various NGS applications relative to supporting the development of targeted medical therapies custom-tailored to a cancer patient’s unique genetic characteristics.
Second, through a formal collaboration with the Center for Computational Research (CCR) at the University at Buffalo, Shared Resource personnel have ready access to the Linux cluster with more than 8,000 processor cores and 600 TB of high-performance storage. The CCR is a leading academic supercomputing facility, maintaining a high-performance computing environment, high-end visualization laboratories, and support staff with expertise in computing, visualization, and networking.
These high-performance computing resources are ideal for bioinformatics services at various scale of compute-intensity. A list of up-to-date bioinformatics software and database used and/or developed by the Shared Resource for support and service are installed and maintained on these computing systems.