The key to fighting cancer through better therapeutics is a deep understanding of the basic biology of this disease at a cellular and molecular level. Comprehensive analysis of cancer mutations in specific tumors or cancer cell lines by using Life Technologies sequencing and real-time PCR systems generates gigabytes to terabytes of data every day. Our customers bring together this data in studies that seek to discover the genetic fingerprint of cancer. The data typically translates to millions of records in databases that require complex algorithmic processing, cross-application analysis, and interactive visualizations with real-time response (2-3 seconds) to enable users to consume large volumes of complex scientific information.
We have chosen the AWS platform to bring this new era of data analysis power to our customers by using technologies such as Amazon S3, ElastiCache, and DynamoDB for storage and fast access and Amazon EMR for parallelizing complex computations. Our talk tells the story with rich details about challenges and roadblocks in building data-intense, highly interactive applications in the cloud. We also highlight enhanced customer workflows and highly optimized applications with orders of magnitude improvement in performance and scalability.