Information Communications Technology | Scientific Computing

Information Communications Technology | Scientific Computing

Information Communications Technology

IT systems supportSanger Institute, Genome Research Limited

Our Research and Approach

Our goal is "To provide World Class High Performance Computing and First Class Production Platforms and Services for genome and biodata research."

In IT we run one of the World’s largest Life Sciences Data Centres. Currently, the Data Centre contains about 64PB of storage capacity and has 38,000 processing cores. We are adding to this at roughly 5PB a year from the analysis performed by the scientists plus 2PB a year or 5TB a day from the sequencers.

The IT infrastructure at the Sanger Institute is one of the most extensive in the life sciences. Every day we serve data to researchers across the globe; every week our web pages provide 80,000 page views from over 50 web domains.

At the turn of the century the Sanger Institute had just finished a big push to produce its share of the Human Genome Project, generating DNA sequence for public release. It was a major scientific endeavour and throughout the project provided significant challenges for the IT infrastructure.

Now, with tremendous sequencing capacity of emerging next-generation technologies, the IT infrastructure continues to grow dramatically and adapt to the Institute's scientific needs.

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Paul Woobey
Group Leader

Paul Woobey is the Director of ICT and leads the IT facility, which provides high-performance IT infrastructure (HPC) and Enterprise computing to support the large-scale science performed at the Sanger Institute.

Our HPC (supercomputing) environment is recognised as World Class and we aim to provide First Class Production Platforms and Services for the institute.

However, we do recognise that the next five years will bring a number of challenges for IT at the Sanger Institute.

Catering for the increasing scale of science that is possible through decreasing costs and higher throughput from sequencing - which is predicted to double our data and computational requirements in the next five years.

Spin-out organisations and Bio-incubator organisations – with our ambition to offer our IT expertise and experience to these organisations.

Collaboration with our peers around the world amidst changing regulatory and validation requirements.

Prior to joining the Sanger Institute, I held a number of senior positions in IT. I was CIO and Head of Methodology at the Office for National Statistics (ONS). At Pfizer, I was the CIO for Europe, Middle East, and Africa. I was the Vice President for Global Infrastructure at GE and before that Amersham International. Earlier, I worked in high energy particle physics research at Rutherford Appleton Laboratory and in reactor physics for the Atomic Energy Authority. I graduated in atomic physics and mathematics.

Key Projects, Collaborations, Tools & Data

Information communications technology run all the informatics projects at the Sanger Institute as well as providing all the IT infrastructure.

Partners and Funders

Internal Partners