Every field in medicine has had a moment in history that has been transforming; the moment where the knowledge that was required to change the field became available.
– José Baselga, MD, PhD Physician-in-Chief and Chief Medical Officer Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Cancer Computer is a free service designed for cancer researchers as an integrated platform-as-a-service (PaaS). Our architecture is a heterogeneous computing architecture combined with reliable, high-speed storage, providing scalable analysis services for collaborative research.
We put no restrictions on data size or duration of use, amount of compute resources, or size of data to be used. We will offer what we have available, and where possible, on a first come, first serve basis. Where necessary and possible, we can seek additional resources from cloud partners.
We also offer professional support to assist in any technical or performance issues as they may arise.
Currently we offer storage in the hundreds of terabytes range. We can provide warm offsite storage for NGS, or other data, securely and reliably. In addition, we can accommodate multi-terabyte workloads where required.
We currently have 6 compute clusters in, Ottawa, Nepean, Kanata, Montreal, Kitchener, and Minneapolis. These clusters are are processing science for many different types of cancer workloads. Some are dedicated to large projects on the Open Science Grid (OSG link) or XSEDE (XSEDE link), the Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment. Others are cloud services offering up servers, or complete environments for cancer research, for such things as genomics, proteomics, machine learning, etc.
In 2018, we hope to stand up a large cluster, dedicated towards reproducible and distributable workflows for cancer genomic analysis. We will also be adding these, and other workflows, into our cloud catalog, that will come preconfigured, for researchers to use, with minimal amount of time to setup on private, long term virtualized server/cluster instances.