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Scientific experiments at Diamond produce vast quantities of data. Storing sufficiently rich information about the experiment and associated samples (i.e. metadata) is essential to exploit the results. The Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) at Diamond is currently built on a conventional open source Relational Database Management System (RDBMS). It has evolved from a bespoke solution designed for one experiment type to become a more generic system with features to support a range of techniques.
New experiments at Diamond will use sensors that produce even higher data rates and volumes, therefore increasing the difficulty of designing and maintaining a high performance, generic database structure. Additionally, users will want to perform data mining, data analysis, and enhanced full-text search capabilities to exploit the value stored within the metadata repositories. Therefore the vision is one of “polyglot persistence”; where different technologies integrate to provide the speed, accuracy and reliability that future Diamond LIMS requires. The growth of dynamic real time web applications and the prospect of BigData analytics have led to innovative database technologies, described under the term NoSQL. NoSQL includes a range of approaches that move beyond traditional relational database solutions. NoSQL techniques include key-value stores, graph databases, document storage and other novel approaches such as time series databases. These techniques offer potential solutions for storing and managing large volumes of varied data and information.
The approach for this study is to analyse the range of NoSQL options available and identify which approaches are best suited to aspects of Diamond's future LIMS. A hybrid solution is likely with different options suited to aspects of the LIMS; sample management, experiment data collection, data analysis/processing and archive and retrieval. The objective is to shortlist a few key technologies, investigate how they would augment the existing solution and conduct practical assessment through the development of a prototype solution. Lessons learned from the development will have a major impact on the strategy for Diamond's future LIMS project.
Suitable Subjects: Computing, Engineering
Project duration: 12 weeks
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