Artificial intelligence breakthrough award for DDN and Helmholtz Munich

By Liza Laws

- Last updated on GMT

© Getty Images
© Getty Images

Related tags AI Artificial intelligence Data management Research machine learning

Helmholtz Munich, part of Germany’s biggest research organization, the Helmholtz Association, alongside DDN, the world’s largest data storage company have been selected as a winner of the 2023 AI Breakthrough Awards, for best AI-based solution for life sciences.

The companies were recognized for their work in accelerating artificial intelligence (AI)-driven discoveries that deliver concrete benefits to society and human health.

Helmholtz Munich is one of 19 research centers that develops biomedical solutions and technologies for tomorrow’s world. The research integrates AI methodologies and spans multiple data-intensive computational applications like decoding plant genomes, tissue sample testing or creature and epidemiology cohort studies.

Helmholtz Munich says its scientists and researchers ‘continuously pursue new ways to solve complex problems faster’ and turned to DDN’s parallel file system technology to keep up with research demands.

Alf Wachsmann, head of DigIT infrastructure and scientific computing, at Helmholtz Munich, said: “The work that Helmholtz Munich is doing is making strides in scientific discovery and is poised to help change the world for the better.

“With DDN’s expertise, world-class customer support and high-performing and reliable architecture, I can provide the best data storage solutions to my researchers, helping them continue their work without disruption today, and well into the future.

“It is an honor to be recognized alongside DDN as a winner of the AI Breakthrough Awards, and it's a testament to our commitment to promoting and fostering a healthier society.”

Helmholtz Munich has four fully populated SFA ES7990X systems that span a global namespace, enabling easy control and management of large data sets, streamlined workflows and unmatched performance needed to reduce time to discovery.

Helmholtz Munich said its center also implemented an SFA NVMe ES400NVX system with graphics processing units (GPU) integration that delivers faster data throughput with direct datapaths between storage and GPU specifically for its intensive AI applications.

The DDN EXAscaler parallel filesystem appliances significantly accelerate Helmholtz Munich’s researchers’ ability to accelerate discovery processes while mitigating day-to-day risk associated with the ingest, distribution and analysis of Big Data.

“DDN’s parallel file system technology was built to tackle today’s most demanding AI end-to-end requirements at any scale, delivering the highest performance efficiency straight into generative AI, machine learning and other enterprise high-performance applications,” said Tommaso Cecchi, senior director of sales EMEA, DDN.

“We are thrilled to receive the AI Breakthrough Award for our role in helping Helmholtz Munich meet its researchers’ evolving AI and data-intensive workload demands by delivering solutions that allow its researchers to focus on the scientific discoveries that improve the world of tomorrow.”

In its 6th year, the AI Breakthrough Awards program honors excellence, innovation, hard work and success in technological and product leadership in a range of AI and machine learning related categories. This year’s program attracted more than 3,000 nominations globally.

“While generative AI is grabbing headlines, other promising applications like sophisticated new protein and molecule creations for drug discovery and autonomous driving are also driving the need for efficient, dependable performance that can readily scale,” said James Johnson, managing director, AI Breakthrough.

“DDN AI storage offers purpose-built infrastructure that is designed to accommodate the data-hungry workflows and research that is being conducted at Helmholtz Munich. Together, DDN and Helmholtz Munich are trailblazing their way through Life Science discovery, and we are thrilled to recognize DDN and Helmholtz Munich in the 2023 AI Breakthrough Awards program.” 

Related topics Clinical evolution

Related news

Show more