Pittsburgh Genome Resource Repository Honored for Big Data Analytics

By: Jennifer C. Yates

ThinkstockPhotos-185880629The Pittsburgh Genome Resource Repository (PGRR), a portal that fosters advanced cancer research and personalized medicine, has been named the “Best Use of High Performance Data Analytics” by HPCwire, an online publication that covers high performance and data-intensive computing.

The award was announced Monday at the Supercomputing Conference in Austin, Texas. The PGRR tied for the Readers’ Choice award with the Stephen Hawking Centre for Theoretical Cosmology at Cambridge University.

“This is such a tremendous honor for the University of Pittsburgh to be recognized by HPCwire along with our collaborators at Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center. The work scientists at the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute are doing with such large datasets is really transforming research and treatment for cancer patients, and we’re excited to be a part of that future,” said Rebecca Crowley Jacobson, M.D., M.S., professor of biomedical informatics and chief information officer of Pitt’s Institute for Personalized Medicine.

PGRR provides the computational platform to store, access and analyze large, de-identified datasets, such as The Cancer Genome Atlas from the National Institutes of Health, all of which are important for personalized medicine. PGRR enables researchers to use this data easily and safely. It includes data on tumor samples from a wide range of cancers, providing the raw material that researchers need to better understand the molecular basis of cancer, and to identify new therapeutic approaches.

The annual HPCwire Readers’ and Editors’ Choice Awards are determined through a nomination and voting process with the global HPCwire community, as well as selections from the HPCwire editors. The awards are announced each year to kick off the annual supercomputing conference, which showcases high performance computing, networking, storage and data analysis.