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BC Platforms, CSC-IT Collaborate on Cloud Computing Service for Genomic Data

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – BC Platforms today said that it has collaborated with the CSC-IT Center for Science and researchers from the University of Helsinki to develop a secure next-generation cloud computing service for managing and analyzing genomic data.

The pilot project connects BC Platforms' data management platform to CSC's high-performance computing environment.

"The new service model is scalable from the needs of small research groups to massive calculations that require at least hundreds, or even thousands, of computing nodes. The system's effectiveness is based on massive parallelization," Timo Kanninen, director of research at BC Platforms, said in a statement.

Over the past two years, CSC and BC Platforms have brought research groups from the University of Helsinki in to test the pilot project. "We needed new server capacity for our genomic data we use in our animal breeding research. Software-wise the BC Platforms' system works for us and we can manage the scalability with CSC's virtual servers," Jarmo Juga, a professor in the university's Department of Agricultural Sciences, said. "As a whole, the combination has proven to be reliable and time-saving in our research projects."

The project was conducted with resources from the European infrastructure for biological information.