Under the umbrella of the BioMedIT Network project, all three engaged institutions have established high performance computing infrastructures especially designed for sensitive research data - the BioMedIT nodes.
The BioMedIT nodes are local or regional compute centers that provide an infrastructure for securely storing, managing and processing sensitive research data. BioMedIT follows a hub-and-spoke organizational design in which one node serves as the main (destination) node, on which the data is gathered and processed, whereas the other two nodes receive the data from data providers in their proximity and route them to the destination node. This “snowflake” architecture reduces the number of point-to-point connections and contributes to the streamlining of processes.
To compliment local university or hospital IT services, BioMedIT nodes offer an environment suitable for multi-center research with sensitive data by providing an SPHN compliant secure framework for each project (i.e. tenants, with tenant-specific security configuration), and simultaneously remaining highly flexible with regards to IT configuration within the tenants.
The BioMedIT Network operates a common Information Security Policy. The policy, in conjunction with related Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and Work Instructions (WI), defines the necessary organizational and technical measures to allow researchers to process sensitive data in a secure way. Find out more about BioMedIT security.