Cancer Research 'to double size of datacentre'


Cancer Research has doubled the processing power of its centralised computer cluster in the last three months. reports that the UK-based charity has made the move because of the increasingly data-driven nature of its work as it moves away from traditional biological research and into DNA-sequencing technology.

Having seen the number of processing cores within its central computer network increase from 500 to 13,000, the charity is now looking to double the size of its datacentre, from 100 to 200 square metres, by June 2012.

Peter MacCallum, head of IT and scientific computing at Cancer Research UK in Cambridge said that it 'had to create extra storage serve heads and extra fibre channel storage to accommodate' for the new processing system.

The World Community Grid earlier this year enlisted the help of 1.5 million systems worldwide to give scientists at Cancer Research sufficient processing power in identifying crystallised protein.