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What We Do

World class computational infrastructure for Janelia’s science.

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The department operates and maintains all of Janelia’s storage and associated backup infrastructure, high performance compute cluster, and all Linux systems. The group is also responsible for maintaining Janelia’s data center as well as backup and disaster recovery resources located at HHMI’s headquarters.

The data production and analysis at Janelia has experienced dramatic growth since the opening of the Institute. The department supports data storage infrastructure for storing and accessing scientific data. The group currently supports over 15 petabytes of scientific data split across various storage tiers. Scientific Computing Systems supports a state-of-the-art storage and compute infrastructure across 2 data centers connected with an optical fiber ring. The department maintains a 4500 sq ft data center capable of providing over 250 watts per square foot of power and cooling capacity of 300 tons. The data center and the building are backed up by three 2000 kW generators.  

The mountain of data produced by Janelia’s scientists needs to be analyzed and mined for useful information. The department supports a Linux compute cluster with over 5000 cores and 300 GPUs and is augmented by a variety of cloud-based resources. In addition, the department is responsible for maintaining many other Linux servers and workstations. Almost 100TB of new Janelia’s data is safely backed up every month to a secondary data center situated at HHMI’s headquarters in Chevy Chase as well as the cloud archive storage.

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