FRED HUTCHINSON CANCER RESEARCH CENTER
Research Computing Support (RCS), the high performance computing shared resource of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, will be utilizing funds awarded to upgrade a 243-node high performance computing (HPC) cluster. The new system will offer a 150% increase in processing power and 300% increase in memory capacity. Access to fast, reliable HPC clusters is critically important for the translation of the explosion of data produced by large-scale proteomics, genomics and epidemiological studies into improved prevention, detection and treatment of cancer. The expanded capacity will enable deep and effcient analysis of genome-wide association and proteomic studies, decrease the currently unacceptably high failure rates of simulation experiments and accommodate an 80% growth in computing intensive research. Major areas of NIH funded research at our Center that will greatly benefit from the increased data analysis capacity and imporved performance of the cluster include large-scale genetic epidemiological studies of breast, prostate and colorectal cancers; modeling of vaccine efficacy and infectious disease transmission; and proteomic based biomarker discovery.