Our goal is "To provide World Class High Performance Computing and First Class Production Platforms and Services for genome research."
In IT we run one of the World’s largest Life Sciences Data Centres. Currently, the Data Centre contains about 55PB of data and has 35,000 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.