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Advantech and SYSTEX Announce New Intel Select Solutions for Genomics Analytics, Targeting the Fast-Growing Genomics Market

6/18/2020
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Advantech, the leading industrial computing systems provider, announces its third year of working with the Intel Select Solutions program. In the past two years, Advantech has targeted high performance computing (HPC) applications and launched a platform that leverage Intel Select Solutions for HPC & AI Converged Clusters, Intel Select Solutions for Simulation & Visualization, and Intel Select Solutions for Simulation & Modeling.  In 2020, Advantech is collaborating with SYSTEX, a leading Taiwan-based IT services provider, to announce new IntelSelect Solutions for Genomics Analytics that target the fast-growing genomics market.

Advancements in genomics are opening new doors for understanding human diseases, and are increasingly informing innovative precision treatment plans. However, genomics sequencing generates hundreds of petabytes of data per year. Researchers and scientists require tools to analyze these enormous volumes of data in a timely manner to gain insights into disease and possible treatments. This new Intel Select Solution collaboration makes use of Intel hardware, software and Broad Institute’s Genome Analysis Toolkit (GATK) to enable genomics analytics under the massive growth of genomics data.

Advantech, SYSTEX, and Intel Select Solution for Genomics Analytics

Intel and Broad Institute worked to optimize the GATK on Intel architecture for the Intel Select Solutions for Genomics Analytics, and Advantech and SYSTEX are collaborating to deliver this solution to end users.

The Advantech SKY-5240 server fulfills the demands of high computing power for genomics applications. With eight 2nd Generation Intel Xeon Scalable processors in a 2U 4-node form factor, the SKY-5240 provides leadership CPU performance per socket in a 2U compact form factor. Its scalability, high computing performance allows users to benefit from Intel’s experience in supporting data-intensive genomics applications with workload-optimized performance.

SYSTEX has rendered professional IT services for over 30,000 enterprise and government clients. With the superior experience in HPC solution, SYSTEX’s HPC team built 2 sites listed in Top 500 Supercomputer sites in the past years. SYSTEX’s HPC management platform, GAIA, is designed for not only administrators but also different roles of users. All the management and operation features in a single portal to provide a consistent user experience for HPC users. Moreover, their converged HPC and cloud infrastructure optimizes CAPEX investment in the computation resources consolidation for different roles and tasks. To fulfill the requirement of Genomics Analytics, the converged architecture provides the superior performance for the jobs like Genome Sequencing through HPC with AI framework workflow. Also, medical image recognition learning tasks can be accomplished through cloud computing design.

SYSTEX bundles Advantech SKY-5240 in their GAIA platform, and offers architecture design, delivery, and training services through the Intel Select Solutions for Genomics Analytics, which accelerates the deployment progress to the end user.

Intel Select Solutions for Genomics Analytics makes it easier to run genomics.  Advantech and SYSTEX chose to work with Intel to provide reliable servers, a streamlined HPC end user for solution design and deployment, and global technical support that meets the needs of customers in the genomics community. This solution will be ready for the second half of 2020.