NIH expands biomedical research in the cloud with Microsoft Azure

Information Release

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Microsoft Azure has joined the Countrywide Institutes of Health’s Science and Technologies Investigation Infrastructure for Discovery, Experimentation, and Sustainability (STRIDES) Initiative as the most recent cloud support service provider to help biomedical analysis. The addition of this most current business partner will further the STRIDES Initiative’s intention to accelerate biomedical analysis in the cloud by cutting down financial and procedure limitations as effectively as offering cost-helpful obtain to cloud platforms, teaching, cloud specialists, and best methods for optimizing analysis in the cloud.

In just a few a long time, the STRIDES Initiative has expanded obtain to crucial infrastructure and reducing-edge cloud assets for NIH scientists, as effectively as NIH-funded scientists at additional than two,five hundred academic institutions throughout the country. To day, NIH has helped additional than 425 analysis systems and jobs leverage cloud assets via the STRIDES Initiative. Collectively, scientists have made use of additional than eighty three million hours of computational assets to obtain and review additional than 115 petabytes of large-benefit biomedical details in the cloud. This is equivalent to two.three million four-drawer filing cabinets entire of textual content.

By leveraging the STRIDES Initiative, the Countrywide Library of Medicine’s Sequence Read through Archive (SRA) — 1 of the world’s greatest, publicly readily available genome sequence repositories — migrated more than 43 petabytes of “next generation” sequencing details to the cloud, easing obtain for millions of scientists. Employing the cloud, scientists can now search the full catalog of genomic details and get advantage of the computational resources for evaluation.

“The cloud can help democratize obtain to large-benefit analysis details and the most superior analytical systems for all scientists. Expanding our network of providers and obtain to the most superior computational infrastructure, resources, and solutions presents the agility and versatility that scientists will need to accelerate analysis discoveries,” stated Andrea T. Norris, Director of NIH’s Middle for Details Technologies and NIH Main Details Officer. “Partnering with Microsoft Azure as a cloud support service provider furthers our ambitions to improve discovery and improve effectiveness in biomedical analysis.”

“We often chance getting rid of the benefit of biomedical details mainly because of the sheer volumes becoming generated and digitized close to the globe. By leveraging cloud and synthetic intelligence capabilities, biomedical scientists are able to immediately detect and extract crucial, lifesaving insights from this sea of data,” stated Toni Townes-Whitley, President, U.S. Controlled Industries, Microsoft. “We are honored to collaborate with the NIH to help scientists fix some of today’s most important medical challenges, in help of a much healthier and additional sustainable world inhabitants.”

A central tenet of the STRIDES Initiative is that details made readily available via these partnerships will include specifications endorsed by the biomedical analysis local community to make details Findable, Available, Interoperable, and Reusable (Reasonable).

“NIH has an formidable eyesight of a modernized, Reasonable biomedical details landscape,” stated Susan K. Gregurick, Ph.D., Associate Director for Details Science and Director of the Office environment of Details Science Tactic at NIH. “By partnering with Microsoft Azure, which has more than a few a long time of knowledge in the cloud place, we can reinforce NIH’s details ecosystem and accelerate details-driven analysis and discovery.”

Microsoft Azure joins Google Cloud and Amazon World-wide-web Solutions in supporting the STRIDES Initiative.

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