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How to Deliver High-Performance Encryption to Ensure the Security and Privacy of Patient Data

President Obama recently unveiled the Precision Medicine Initiative — a bold new enterprise to revolutionize medicine and generate the scientific evidence needed to move the concept of precision medicine into every day clinical practice. The million-dollar question, or multi-million-dollar question, is how do we make this mainstream?

 

The emerging platform will be this amalgamation of data from payers, clinics, EHRs, images, laboratories, contract research organizations, pharma, and an analytics tool to make sense of all this data. Then to accelerate innovation and foster collaboration, we need tools to make all this valuable data we have amassed public for clinicians, researchers and bioinformatics specialists to practice their art.

 

Partnering with the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF), GenoSpace is leveraging Intel® AES-NI technology to deliver high-performance encryption to ensure the security and privacy of patient data and needed analytics MMRF requires to further its mission of  accelerating the pace of treating and curing multiple myeloma and changing the paradigm of how all cancer research is conducted.

 

The GenoSpace architecture is hosted on Amazon Web Services (AWS) which provides flexibility and scalability for it developers and customers. To ensure the utmost security for this public cloud implementation, GenoSpace takes a ground-up approach to encryption. Its solutions gather all of the data that will be subject to analysis and layer encryption on top of that to safeguard the confidentiality of sensitive healthcare data stored on AWS or data that travels over the Internet. This adds an important extra measure of protection to AWS built-in security features.

 

Recently, GenoSpace evaluated the benefits of Intel® Advanced Encryption Standard New Instructions (Intel® AESNI), a silicon-based instruction set that accelerates encryption on Intel® Xeon® processors, which GenoSpace uses to process data. Meeting its customers’ performance and usability demands was a key objective for GenoSpace, given the amount of encryption and decryption that occurs when its software is used for analytics. To determine how the query response time of its population analytics application would be affected by encryption and by the hardware encryption acceleration that Intel® AES-NI provides, GenoSpace ran a series of tests focused on measuring the performance aspects of encrypting and decrypting stored data.

 

The key findings of this test revealed that Intel® AES-NI-enhanced encryption had a markedly positive influence on the performance of the GenoSpace Population Analytics application.

 

  1. Provider library choice significantly impacts results. The choice of encryption provider library and AES mode had the largest impact on performance. While Bouncy Castle showed no appreciable improvement with respect to Intel® AES-NI, the NSS library with Intel® AES-NI enabled performed more than 78% faster than Bouncy Castle and is the obvious choice for encryption. For decryption, NSS was approximately 96 percent faster than Bouncy Castle and 90 percent faster than SunJCE. With respect to AES modes, ECB, which is the simplest algorithm, outperformed other modes. However, because ECB is less secure than the other modes, and given the sensitivity of healthcare data, it is generally not appropriate for healthcare applications. For best performance and security, test results implied that the combination of CBC and the NSS provider library should be used, as it has the shortest routine time.
  2. Intel® AES-NI significantly decreases the impact of increasing key length. Typically, increasing the length of the AES encryption key (which functions much like a password) to strengthen security also increases encryption/decryption time. As key length increases, one expects a near linear increase in encrypt/decrypt times. But the study showed that by using NSS with Intel® AES-NI, the impact of doubling key length was reduced twenty-fold.
  3. The benefits of Intel® AES-NI increase with the size of data sets. In Phase 2 of the study, where sample genomic data was used, GenoSpace found that enabling Intel® AES-NI improves request times by nearly 9 percent. In fact as the size of the data sets scales up, there are even greater performance gains—an almost 14 percent improvement.
  4. Intel® AES-NI had less impact on the application’s overall performance. GenoSpace concluded that with Intel® AES-NI, encryption can scale more efficiently than other operations, such as data serialization, sorting, and filtering.

 

Intel® AES-NI-enhanced encryption significantly enhances the performance and usability of the GenoSpace Population Analytics offering, which, in turn, results in increased user productivity and satisfaction with the overall solution. Enabling high-performance and secure solutions paves the way for healthcare organizations to embrace the use of genetic population analytics to significantly increase the effectiveness of research, healthcare, and disease treatment options.

 

While healthcare workers and researchers put these tools to work, they can be confident that Intel® AES-NI accelerated and hardened encryption can help mitigate serious security breaches.

 

What questions about encryption do you have?

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Tektyte Edi-Expand: Raspberry Pi-like IO For Intel Edison

Intel Edison with IO capabilities like a Raspberry Pi, DONE. Adding easily switchable 5V and 3V3 IO levels .. NEW pic.twitter.com/Rie4658PPa — Tektyte (@tektyte) May 2, 2015 Melbourne, Australia-based Tektyte Industries has announced that they will be Kickstarting a new … Read more >

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Lenovo RD650 scaled to fit with Intel P3700 and NVMe SSD

Lenovo built a truly scalable, storage tiered, two socket Intel Xeon E5 based system in the new Lenovo ThinkServer RD650. Lenovo also offers both of our Intel families of Data Center SSD, namely SATA and PCIe-based NVMe SSD drives, powered with the ultra efficient NVMe driver stack . Principled Technologies tested SQL Server 2014 analytics converging multiple virtual machines onto a single RD650 using Hyper-V virtualization demonstrating the performance advantages of each technology.

 

 

At Intel we have a calculator and took the rack system list prices of all three systems and divided by the performance quotient for database queries used in the testing. This quotient is something you can learn more about when you look into the white paper.  The TCO results on a Cost for Performance basis are quite interesting – especially SATA SSD to PCIe SSD. It’s important to realize processors that are made busier more quickly with PCIe SSD is an amazing story, and not just for the user experience and query times, but for the amount of work you can actually get done on a few inches of rack space.

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  System Type                                                          Legacy                SATA SSD        NVMe SSD

Cost for Performance

             $29.29

$25.42

$11.39

 

 

Please take a look at the full paper here or price yourself a more capable server today:

http://www.lenovo.com/images/products/server/pdfs/whitepapers/thinkserver_rd650_storage_performance_wp.pdf

http://shop.lenovo.com/us/en/servers/thinkserver/racks/rd650/

 

Please take a look at the full TCO analysis document:

TCO: Lenovo ThinkServer RD650 Storage Performance SQL Server 2014

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Introducing Picorico: An open-source telemetry system for downhill bikes

This weekend at TechCrunch Disrupt NYC, a team of software engineers and hackers from DataDog‘s New York office assembled “the first open-source telemetry system for downhill mountain bikes” using Intel Edison and Python. Here is an outline of the problem … Read more >

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How Nebraska Furniture Mart Builds Customer-Centric Service

Nebraska Furniture Mart.jpgThe retail landscape is more competitive than ever. And it’s crucial to keep finding new ways to engage customers and meet their needs so they’ll keep coming back. For Nebraska Furniture Mart, one of the keys was to equip sales associates with versatile mobile devices that can let them present product information, check inventory, and even complete transactionsall without having to leave the customer.

 

A few years ago, the store ran a pilot with handheld devices that could let sales associates scan product codes and provide pricing and inventory information from the floor. But the devices couldn’t help complete the sale, so they were scrapped.

 

The tablet picture has changed over the last few years, with better screen size and touch capabilities, so Nebraska Furniture Mart decided the time was right to look for a new solution that could handle the sales process from A to Z. They needed devices the sales team could use to not only scan barcodes inventory information, but also to process credit card transactions. Long battery life was also essential, since the salespeople can’t stop to recharge in the middle of a shift.

 

After evaluating a number of device types and models, Nebraska Furniture Mart chose the Windows 8.1-based HP ElitePad tablet, which offers a familiar, touch-based interface plus a variety of retail-specific products including a strap for holding the tablet, an additional battery, an integrated scanner, and a card reader. The tablets include Intel® Atom™ processors, which provide the performance to support graphics-intensive functions and the energy efficiency to extend battery life over a full work shift.

 

The sales team’s productivity is up now that associates have the tools they need to move around the store with customers. They go from initial inquiries to processing salesall without leaving customers alone in the store or forcing them to stand in line for a cashier. With this new, improved customer experience, Nebraska Furniture Mart is looking forward to boosting both sales and customer loyalty.

 

You can take a look at the Nebraska Furniture Mart’s solution here or read more about it here. To explore more technology success stories, visit www.intel.com/itcasestudies or follow us on Twitter.

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Building Citizen-Centric Government with Mobile Devices

Michigan.jpgIf you’re a government agency anywhere in the world these days, you need to find ways to do more with less. And for the state of Michigan, one big challenge was to make the government better meet the needs of 9.9 million citizens while saving the state money.

 

Technology was the key.

 

With a goal of delivering citizen-centric services, the state launched a pilot to give government employeesin different jobs across multiple agenciesa variety of new mobile devices that can deliver a full range of functions. Mobility was key, because it would let government employees interact with citizens anywhere, saving a lot of time and duplication of effort. Versatility was another top priority, because employees wanted one device that could perform many functions instead of having to switch devices to get their work done. Having one device do multiple jobs would also save the state a lot of money.

 

As it kicked off the process of choosing the devices, Michigan decided to go with the Windows 8.1 Enterprise operating system to let users have access to the widest possible variety of applications to get their jobs done. The new devices include tablets and 2 in 1 Ultrabook™ systems—all with Intel® Core™ processors, which deliver the performance for enterprise-grade applications while helping improve energy efficiency with long battery life and rapid recharging.

 

Now the state’s agencies have the flexibility to select from several device types while cutting the number of devices employees needwhether they’re providing health and human services in a citizen’s home, making a traffic stop in a police cruiser, or inspecting a dairy farm. Plus, the state’s IT department can now manage a large number and variety of devices through a single enterprise management platform.

 

You can take a look at the state of Michigan’s solution here or read more about it here. To explore more technology success stories, visit www.intel.com/itcasestudies or follow us on Twitter.

 

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World’s first 32 Node All Flash Virtual SAN with NVMe

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If you’ve wondered how many virtual machines (VMs) you can deploy in a single rack, or thought how you can scale VMs across an entire enterprise then you may be interested to know what Intel and VMware are doing. While not all enterprises have the same level of scale, there’s no doubt that technology around hyper-converged storage is changing. What you may not realize, though, is there are changes in the way servers and storage are being used that impact scale to the needs of medium and large enterprises.


Virtualization and the Storage Bottleneck

Many enterprises have turned to virtualized applications as a way to cost-effectively deploy services to end users; delivering email, managing data bases, and performing analytical analysis on big data sets are just some examples. Using virtualization software, such as that from VMware, enterprises can lower IT cost of ownership by enabling increased virtual machine scalability and optimizing platform utilization. But as with any technology or operational change, there are often implementation and scaling challenges. In the case of virtualized environments, storage bottlenecks can cause performance problems, resulting in poor scaling and inefficiencies.

 

All Flash Team Effort

The bottleneck challenge involves scaling the adoption of virtual machines and its infrastructure, all while providing good user performance. Such problems are not just faced by larger enterprise IT shops, but small to medium business as well. Intel and VMware teamed together to deliver a robust, scalable All Flash Virtual SAN architecture.

 

Using a combination of the latest Intel® Xeon® processors, Intel® Solid State Drives (SSDs), and VMware Virtual SAN, SMB to large enterprise customers are now able to roll out an All Flash Virtual SAN solution that not only provides a scalable infrastructure, but also blazing performance and cost efficiency.

 

Technical Details – Learn More

The world’s first 32 node All Flash Virtual SAN using the latest NVMe technology will be displayed and discussed in depth during EMC World in Las Vegas May 4-7. The all flash Virtual SAN is built-up with 64 Intel® Xeon® E5-2699 v3 processors each with an Intel® SSD DC P3700 Series NVMe cache flash drive fronting 128 of Intel’s follow-on 1.6TB data center SSDs. With over 50 terabytes of cache and 200 terabytes of data storage, this design will surely impress the curious IT professional by hosting 3200 VM’s and offering performance of 3.25 million random read IOPS with 23 gigabytes per second of throughput.

 

Chuck Brown, Ken LeTourneau, and John Hubbard of Intel will join VMware experts to showcase this impressive 32Node All Flash Virtual SAN on Tuesday, May 5 and Wednesday May 6 from 11:30-5:30pm each day in the Solutions Expo, VMware Booth #331. Be sure to stop by and speak to the experts and learn how to design an enterprise scale, all flash Virtual SAN storage.

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Jabil and Intel Collaborate on Blue Sky Center for IoT Innovation in Silicon Valley

The rapid growth of the Internet of Things wouldn’t be possible without innovative collaboration among ecosystem partners. In this guest blog post, Joanne Moretti, vice president of sales enablement & marketing, Jabil, shares some exciting news about the opening of … Read more >

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