A Western Digital, the well-known storage solution manufacturer, has presented itself with an opportunity to help cancer research.

It is the same company that tells it, on its blog, explaining how the team has collected the opportunity and how it can contribute with technology.

The joint platform is the multi-annual research and development collaboration agreement between Western Digital and Genomics Institute and Baskin School of Engineering of UC Santa Cruz. A partnership aimed at accelerating genome sequencing workflows using computational storage technology. The results of this research could lead to the acceleration of clinical analysis of genomes and large-scale precision medicine diagnosis.

Currently, Western Digital explains, the identification and treatment of cancers by genomic diagnostics are slowed down by the time-consuming process of transferring huge amounts of data to the computing resources. Both researchers and the Western Digital team believe that moving computational capabilities closer to data storage will help accelerate the identification and processing process.

The new Western Digital architecture

Western Digital is researching a new computational storage architecture to test this theory on a large scale. To make the most of this new processing architecture, the organizations involved in the collaboration are looking for optimal partitioning and positioning of genome data on computational storage devices.

This new architecture distributes the processing of a single computing system, on multiple computing storage devices. Each of these devices is equipped with its own storage and processing resources, customizable. The perspective, explains Western Digital, is reversed. Instead of moving data towards computing, you bring computing to the data.

The nearest computing to data should be to optimize access to bandwidth. Both increase the parallel and customized computing capabilities within each computational storage device.

Researchers and technicians are studying how to accelerate core functions within each device. In order to accelerate performance and minimize the requirements of the host system. This could also lead to a total reduction in energy consumption, which would also result in a total cost of ownership lower.

More information is available on the Western Digital website at this link.

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