Instrumentation and Equipment

All Biomedical Informatics Shared Resource (BISR) projects use the Jira Task Management System (TMS) for improved project tracking. The TMS allows BISR leadership to monitor projects with a simple dashboard. A single screen can be customized to graph the total tasks accomplished (burn-down chart) as well as team member assignments for all projects.

Equipment includes a variety of desktop computers with site licenses for specific software. No other special equipment is needed. Site licenses include: Ingenuity Pathway Analysis and StatMiner.

The BISR’s Data Sharing Infrastructure maintains a suite of grid-computing core services that are hosted using virtual server appliances working in coordination with OSUMC-IT.

A comprehensive computational infrastructure, maintained by the OSU Department of Biomedical Informatics and the OSU Medical Center Information Technology Department (OSUMC), includes:

The Multiscale Computing Laboratory, located in the Biomedical Informatics Department, houses two data-centric clusters with 1.25 TB and 16 TB storage space.

The first data-centric cluster is a 5-node IA32 cluster with dual Xeon CPUs. Each cluster node, interconnected via a dedicated Gigabit Switch, has 250GB RAID disk space, 2GB memory and dual Gigabit network cards.

The second data-centric cluster has 8 nodes with dual 64-bit AMD Opteron 240 CPUs. Each node, interconnected via a dedicated Gigabit Switch, has 8 GB memory, dual Gigabit network cards and SATA RAID system with eight 250GB disks.

The laboratory also has several PCs, used as workstations for code development and testing.

The Ohio Super Computer Facility (OSC) maintains a large-scale mass storage system.
The system has multiple levels of storage at different conceptual distances from computer hardware, and it has different usage and management patterns.

The overall storage system comprises a core 50 TB high-throughput Fibre Channel RAID disk arrays, a 320 TB pool of IDE RAID disk arrays, 128TB tape storage and a cluster of 20 PCs dedicated to providing direct access to storage. All components are connected to each other and other machines of OSC via Fibre Channel switches.

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