The Centre for Health Genomics and Informatics (CHGI) is a full service core infrastructure facility offering Sanger and Next-Generation DNA sequencing services and bioinformatics support to researchers across the University of Calgary and other research institutions. CHGI has a challenge of highly complex interconnected bioinformatics workflows and processes, as well as unsustainable infrastructure due to shifting space requirements and staffing issues.
Research computing Services (RCS) helped CHGI with the transitioning of ~400 users, over 100 workflows, migrating 2.5 PB storage and 3 clusters along with numerous non-HPC systems into sustainable, supported infrastructure. RCS successfully integrated 3 standalone cluster into Advanced Research Computing (ARC) cluster, designed and acquired 4 PB of bulk storage to accommodate reference datasets and instrument data, and added 1 PB fast storage. Moreover, RCS provided ongoing user training and consultation.
As a consequence of successful transition, CHGI users have access to more HPC and storage resources. They have access to ongoing HPC consulting and training for their computing requirements.