EARLHAM Institute - UK

EARLHAM Institute - UK

Claim To Fame: 

EARLHAM Institute, aresearch institute renowned for its contribution to the analysis and data-sharing of the highly complex wheat genome that is critical to securing future global food supplies, will save up to 70% in energy costs (based on 14p to 4p KWH rate) and with no additional power for cooling, significantly benefiting the organisation in their advanced genomics and bioinformatics research of living systems.

Organisation: 
EARLHAM Institute
Organisation Type: 
Academia/Research
City: 
Norwich
Country: 
United Kingdom
Contact: 
Michael Brown
Main benefits & Achieved Results : 

- Supply medium and high power computing density at significantly lower energy costs;

- Deliver excellent global network communications and data centre security;

- Savings to 70% in energy costs (based on 14p to 4p KWH rate) and with no additional power for cooling.

Presentation of the initiative: 

EI has selected a carbon neutral data centre campus in Iceland to investigate the efficiencies of distributing large-scale genomics and computational biology data analysis. Through Verne Global, EI will have access to one of the world’s most reliable power grids producing 100% geothermal and hydroelectric renewable energy. One of EI’s primary goals is to understand crop genomes so new varieties can be developed to secure food supply in the face of a growing population and environmental change. The cutting-edge, high-throughput DNA sequencing instruments generate large amounts of data, from a few hundred gigabytes to several terabytes per run. The output requires significant computational effort, making the storage, processing, analysis and sharing of the data extremely challenging. “We are, therefore, very excited to be partnering with Verne Global in Iceland, who not only can supply medium and high power computing density at significantly lower energy costs, but who can also deliver excellent global network communications and data centre security,” - Dr Tim Stitt, Head of Scientific Computing at EI.

Commitments for the future & other relevant information: 

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