"Supercomputer maker Linux Networx has sold a system with 278 dual-processor servers to Japan's National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, the Bluffdale, Utah-based company said Wednesday. The Linux system will be used for bioinformatics and nanotechnology research. It will also perform some calculations previously handled by another system, the Tsukuba Advanced Computing Center SuperCluster."
"The cluster addition and SGI storage together cost about $3 million, Linux Networx said. The Linux Networx machine uses 3.06GHz Intel Xeon processors and the company's Linux cluster management software."
Information Week IBM Debuts Low-Priced Prepackaged Clusters
"BM on Tuesday began selling prepackaged clusters of low-priced computers designed to offer supercomputer-type capabilities to company and university departments for less than $200,000."
"The clusters consist of IBM servers loaded with Linux or Windows, powered by Intel or Advanced Micro Devices Inc. chips, plus a management server and network connections."
"IBM is also working on preloading commonly used high-performance-computing software programs to create clusters tailored for applications such as bioinformatics or computational fluid dynamics."Yahoo News (press release) Apple Computer and BioTeam Present Bioinformatics Cluster
"The turnkey system "Apple Workgroup Cluster for Bioinformatics," being presented today at ClusterWorld Conference and Expo in the San Jose Convention Center, is an all-inclusive system with everything a non-technical bench scientist needs to set up, operate, and maintain a small, computational cluster with little or no support required from IT departments."
"Bench scientists, with little or no assistance from their IT department, can deploy iNquiry on the Xserve via a unique self-deployment method that uses an external firewire drive as a cluster installation and configuration device -- in an average of 30 minutes."
“Bioinformatics will be at the core of biology in the 21st century. In fields ranging from structural biology to genomics to biomedical imaging, ready access to data and analytical tools are fundamentally changing the way investigators in the life sciences conduct research and approach problems. Complex, computationally intensive biological problems are now being addressed and promise to significantly advance our understanding of biology and medicine. No biological discipline will be unaffected by these technological breakthroughs.”BIOINFORMATICS IN THE 21st CENTURY
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