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ARES: una rete di risorse per la genomica

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Written by Friday, 14 November 2014 16:19
The explosive growth of genomics data presents an unprecedented challenge in the field of big data; the project ARES is an example (http://conan.diei.unipg.it/lab/index.php/research/ares). The ARES goal is the development of a network optimized for the delivery of genomics data, funded under the Open Call of the Project GN3plus. When referring to genomics, the adjective big not only refers to the total number of data items, which is becoming larger and larger, but also the size of the single datum necessary for each analysis, which is typically in the order of tens of gigabytes. If we multiply by the amount of analysis that will be made every day, the problem is becoming truly explosive, in two dimensions: the total amount and in the management of single analysis. The ARES project, coordinated by Gianluca Reali, of the Department of Engineering at the University of Perugia, provides a scalable solution to the problem. Read the full news story on the ARES web site or on in Géant News (http://www.geant.net/MediaCentreEvents/news/Pages/ARES.aspx).

La crescita esplosiva dei dati della genomica presenta una sfida senza precedenti nel campo del big data; ne è un esempio ARES, il progetto per lo sviluppo di una rete per la distribuzione ottimizzata di dati per la genomica, finanziato nell'ambito della Open Call del progetto GN3plus. Quando ci si riferisce alla genomica, l’aggettivo big non fa riferimento solo alla quantità complessiva dei dati, che sta diventando sempre maggiore, ma anche alle dimensioni del singolo dato: tipicamente per ogni analisi è necessario gestire contemporaneamente decine di Gigabyte. Se poi moltiplichiamo per la quantità di analisi che saranno fatte ogni giorno, il problema è davvero esplosivo, in due dimensioni: nella quantità complessiva e nella gestione della singola analisi. Il progetto ARES, coordinato da Gianluca Reali, del Dipartimento di Ingegneria dell'Università degli Studi di Perugia, offre una soluzione scalabile al problema. Leggi tutta la notizia sul sito web di ARES o su Géant News (http://www.geant.net/MediaCentreEvents/news/Pages/ARES.aspx).


In Research ,
Written by Tuesday, 11 March 2014 13:49
The capabilities of manipulating matter at the molecular scale has inspired a huge research effort for many years and has led to the design and implementation of sophisticated devices, commonly referred to as nanomachines. The potentials of these devices span numerous areas, including medical science, environmental control, and material science.
Although decades of research and implementation activities has lead to remarkable nanomachines capabilities, especially in the medical field, their networked coordination is still at an early stage of research. Recently, some possible solutions for allowing nanomachines to exchange information have been proposed.
The completion of the human genome sequencing project represented a major milestone in the field of biological and medical sciences. It happened about ten years ago in the framework of the US project Human Genome. It has been the results of years of expensive research activity. At that (recent) time, although the importance of that result was clear, the possibility of handling the human genome as a commodity was far from imagination due to cost and complexity of sequencing and analyzing complex genomes.
Today the situation is very much different, since the order of magnitude of the cost necessary for sequencing a human genome is rapidly reducing.


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