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OCF and MRC eMedLab win at the UK Cloud Awards

I’m delighted to share with you that OCF and MRC eMedLab won an award this week at the UK Cloud Awards for the ‘Best Public Sector Project’ category.

Creating a new HPC cloud environment for the MRC eMedLab consortium has been an exciting project for us over the past two years.

MRC eMedLab is a collaboration between Europe’s leading biomedical research institutions. Its vision is to maximise the gains for patients and for medical research that will come from the explosion of human health data.

University College London, Queen Mary University of London, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, the Francis Crick Institute, the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, the EMBL European Bioinformatics Institute and King’s College London are all members of the MRC eMedLab consortium.

Working in partnership with MRC eMedLab, OCF designed, built and tested the private HPC cloud environment within a 12-month timeframe. The HPC and big data system supports the efforts of hundreds of researchers studying cancers, cardio-vascular and rare diseases.

The huge amount of medical and biological data accumulated by these researchers, is coordinated, stored safely and securely, and made readily available to interested researchers within this HPC cloud infrastructure.

The HPC cloud environment combines a Red Hat OpenStack Platform with Lenovo Flex System hardware to enable the creation of virtual HPC clusters bespoke to individual researchers’ requirements. OCF also works closely with its partners Red Hat, Lenovo, Mellanox Technologies, IBM and in collaboration with eMedlab’s research technologists.

Jacky Pallas, Director of Research Platforms, UCL, recently told me,From the beginning there was an excellent partnership between the MRC eMedLab operations team and the technical specialists at OCF, working together to solve the issues which inevitably arise when building and testing a novel compute and data storage system.”

We look forward to continuing our support for the MRC eMedLab in the future. Please get in touch if you would like to hear more about our work with MRC eMedLab.