How the Cloud is Revolutionizing Pharma

Over at OpenSource Connections, Douglas Turnbull writes that a recent event brought home how quickly Cloud Computing, Full Text Search, and Big Data are revolutionizing genomics and pharmaceutical research.

Cycle Computing showed how its platform affordably gathers EC2 spot instances to maximize compututational power to work on computationally hard problems in the pharma space. By doing this, Cycle can capture a massive amount of computational power. Their platform deals with the “spotty” nature of these instances — adding fault tolerance and managing the dynamic nature of the instances. Cycle’s platform can also balances stable local resources in conjunction with spotty cloud resources to provide these services.

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