Vol 70 Issue 1 2003-12-01 Article 11689 from section "Partners"

Focus on Digital Biology Puts Biologists in the Bioinformatics Picture

In collaboration with the Genome Institute of Singapore (GIS), Sun has
opened its newest Sun Center of Excellence, which is named the Sun-GIS
Center of Excellence in Digital Biology, where yet more scientists in
the burgeoning field of computational biology will enjoy Sun's support
of the advanced technology required for work in this area.

What is different about this new facility is that, instead of relying on
the efforts of computer scientists, mathematicians and statisticians to
advance genomic studies -- as the field has done so far -- GIS
biologists will work in concert with individuals trained in
computationally intensive domains in a synergy that will foster and
consolidate laboratory findings and quickly make them available for
further advances.

Providing the foundation for this highly complex enterprise are Sun
Fire[TM] 4800 servers, Sun Fire[TM] V880 servers, Sun StorEdge[TM]
storage systems and Sun Blade[TM] workstations running the Solaris[TM]
Operating System (Solaris OS).

Engineers from the Asia Pacific Science and Technology Center (APSTC)
have created the "Bio-ClusterGrid," a pilot testbed that provides simple
Web-based access to a suite of about 20 grid-enabled bioinformatics
applications via the Sun Ray[TM] appliance. The Bio-ClusterGrid is one
of the first fruits of the "Biobox initiative," whose aim it is to
provide "out-of-the-box" solutions equipped with the comprehensive suite
of bioinformatics applications required by biologists working in life
sciences research.

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