Wellcome Sanger Institute

Informatics Support Group

High Performance Computing

Our Informatics support team provides support, architecture design and development of Sanger's traditional high performance compute (HPC) clusters and OpenStack private cloud (flexible compute infra-structure). Our traditional HPC environment currently provides:

Such traditional platforms have been the bedrock of computational processing within the bio-informatics field for the past 20 years. They are well known and have performed well to date. As Sanger moves towards the next 5 years, it does so with a clear vision towards bio-informatics research and developing healthcare applications (https://www.sanger.ac.uk/about/who-we-are/sanger-institute/our-vision). Supporting cutting edge research of this nature requires that we provide platforms that provide an increasingly cost effective, flexible and scalable platform with opportunities for resilience and self service.

Since Feb 2017, our team has been delivering an internal private OpenStack cloud to our scientific researcher community. This flexible compute platform will is based around RedHat OpenStack and CloudForms and now provides:

  • ~ 12,000 cores (SuperMicro)
  • > 100TB memory (SuperMicro)
  • 5.5PB usable NVMe index accelerated Ceph storage (SuperMicro)
  • 1 or 2TB SSD per compute node for high speed ephemeral storage
  • 100GB/s point to point software defined networking (Arista)

We also supply a range of supporting applications and images to our research community as they migrate their workloads to a more distributed compute platform.

Core team

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Mr James Beal

Principal Systems Administrator

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Mr John Constable

Principal Systems Adminstrator

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Helen Cousins

Senior Systems Administrator

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Dave Holland

Principal System Administrator

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Mr Martin O. Pollard

Technical Innovator



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