BioIT Series: Databases Can Do More Than Just Store Data
Come learn about new techniques in data management, application development, and large-scale computing.
[Part of the Bioinformatics Series]
Databases Can Do More Than Just Store Data
Two years ago Perlegen Sciences set out to discover the majority of the common human SNPs and to construct the first comprehensive human haplotype map from these SNPs by re-sequencing 50 genomes – two individual chromosomes from each of 25 people. This goal required the storage and analysis of 119 terabytes of image data from Affymetrix DNA MicroArrays. In just 18 months, Perlegen discovered 1.7M SNPs, and from these SNPs, constructed the first high resolution human haplotype map. This was accomplished using a database-centric approach, based on Oracle 8i. New techniques in data management, application development, and large-scale computing allowed this project to be completed successfully, with a small development team and a relatively modest hardware investment.
About the Presenter
Greg Brandeau, CIO at Perlegen Sciences
Mr. Brandeau joined Perlegen in March 2001, bringing extensive experience in large scale computing and software engineering. Previously, he was for five years Vice President of Computer Operations at Pixar Animation Studios. At Pixar, he built one of the largest private super-computer centers in the world, that was used to make the critically acclaimed movies A Bug's Life, Toy Story 2, and Monsters Inc. Prior to joining Pixar, Mr. Brandeau was the Director of Operations for NeXT Computer Inc., where he was responsible for the world wide manufacturing and distribution of software as well as information technology. Before working at NeXT he was Director of Software Engineering at Mountain Network Solutions.
Mr. Brandeau obtained both a Bachelors of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and a Masters of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He also has an MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University.
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