Broad Institute taps Google Cloud to power genomic research platform

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Cambridge, Mass.-based Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard partnered to enhance research innovation with major speed increases, cost reduction for genomic workloads on Google Cloud

Four things to know:

  1. The Broad Institute, which also partnered with Intel, hosts a genomic data library, which helps researchers and engineers build and share new tools and infrastructure for genomic research, according to an Oct. 12 news release.

  2. Using hardware optimizations developed by Intel and switching to N2 instances on Google Cloud allows the Broad Institute's workflows to run 25 percent faster and at a 34 percent lower cost, according to the release. Building on prior optimizations for Google Cloud, data processing costs were reduced by 85 percent when compared to its initial cloud implementation.

  3. The Broad Institute operates a data analysis platform in collaboration with Microsoft and Verily. The platform, which is built on the cloud, is used by biomedical researchers to access data and run analyses. The collaboration allows researchers to innovate life sciences research worldwide and enables a centralized data ecosystem that streamlines biomedical research, according to the release.

  4. Geraldine Van der Auwera, director of outreach and communications, Data Sciences Platform at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, said she "knew the cloud would allow a whole new level of data federation and collaboration, and [they] could work with others to create a cloud-based data ecosystem, where researchers could combine their workflows on more than the data they generated with other datasets into richer, more powerful computational experiments."

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