Bioinformatics - Equipment

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The Bioinformatics Shared Resource is enabled by the equipment groupings listed below. The equipment supports the research computing initiative of the Institute. The Bioinformatics Shared Resource also supports the Institutional file server.

Equipment Quantity
SunFire X4150 server with 2 quad-core 3.2 GHz cpus 8Gb RAM and 2x146 Gb hard drives (CICweb & PopWeb)

 

3
SunFire X4450 server with 4 quad-core 2.9 GHz cpus 16 Gb RAM and 4x146 Gb hard drives (BioApp)
2
SunFire X4600 server with 4 dual-core 2.8 GHz cpus 16 Gb RAM and 2x146 Gb hard drives (BioDB)
2
IBM 3650 server with 2 quad-core 2.5 GHz cpus 16 Gb RAM and 3x146 Gb hard drives (caBig/Bio)
3
Sun StorageTek 2540 disk array with 3 TB high performance storage + 12 TB SATA
1
SunFire V240 server (Oncore)
3
SunFire V440 server (Oncore)
1
SunFire V210 server (Oncore)
1
Dell PowerEdge 1950 server (File/Print server running Windows Clustering)
2
Dell StorEdge MD3000i 7.5 TB storage (Common storage)
1
Dell PowerEdge 2970 server (Bio)
1
Sun SL500 Tape Library for backup of all system data stored on the disk arrays
1
HP Proliant DL-380 G4 server (SDM)
2
HP Proliant DL-380 G4 server (Avega Financial Records)
2
Dell PowerEdge 4400/4600 server (Tissue retrieval DB)
2

In addition, the Bioinformatics Shared Resource has application, database and storage server hardware with appropriate redundancy in place for clinical operations supporting both the Aria electronic medical record and the OnCore clinical trials software platform. The Bioinformatics Shared Resource is enabled by the Cancer Institute shared HPC resource - an IBM IdataPlex cluster called Newton. Physically located in the Montclair State University Data Center, Newton is a shared resource between Rutgers /IST Academic Computing Group and the Bioinformatics Shared Resource. It is a Linux cluster of Intel 8-core Xeon 2.83GHz processors with 16GB per node (aggregate 6TF, 912GB, 3TB storage) connected via Infini-band and Gigabit switches. Details on its hardware configuration, interconnect architecture, application software, job scheduling, performance monitoring, usage/accounting statistics/logs, etc. can be found at the following website: http://newton.umdnj.edu/ (which is not accessible outside the university). The Bioinformatics Shared Resource uses this resource for computationally intensive projects such as molecular modeling, genetic epidemiology, Markov Chain Monte Carlo (MCMC) simulations in bioinformatics, machine learning, etc. The Resource provides systems administration support for Newton, and Bioinformatics specialists work with two scientific application technicians and a software engineer associated with the Rutgers/IST Academic Computing Group (and funded by the university) to help researchers develop, port or tune code onto the above HPC platform.

Security: The Bioinformatics resource follows the best practice guidelines of the University for maintaining security. All enterprise server hardware is located behind secure firewalls on a private network. Remote access is provisioned to employees and vendors via VPN and all vendors are covered by a Business Associate Agreement as required by HIPAA. SSH is used to secure internal communications. E-mail containing PHI data is encrypted automatically and/or manually by Zix. Other data in transit is secured via, encrypted large file transfer provided by the  LiFT device by Accelion or via rsync through encrypted tunnel. Data at rest (onsite backup, offsite backup and archives) and all mobile device data is encrypted (AES 256 bit) according to policy. Strong passwords are enforced. SOP’s are maintained centrally, updated regularly, and available for review.