Vol 72 Issue 2 2004-02-09 Article 12240 from section "Features"

Solaris[TM] Operating System (SPARC[R] Platform Edition) Provides Stable Base

With a 14 GB database, the Department of Energy Human Genome Project
(HGP) at Los Alamos National Laboratory unquestionably qualifies for the
"heavy computing" label. According to DB Administrator Robert
Sutherland, the database has doubled in size every 15 months since 1989
when sequencing work began. The Los Alamos HGP relies on Sun technology
to keep itself up and running.

The main file server and Sybase database engine is a SPARC[R]
processor-based server running the Solaris[TM] Operating System (Solaris
OS) (SPARC[R] Platform Edition). Workstation power is supplied by SPARC
processor-based workstations and HyperSPARC[R] machines running the
Solaris OS.

Sutherland observes that the system at Los Alamos is constantly
evolving, and the stability of the Solaris OS helps keep work moving
smoothly and saves time as his team makes enhancements to the computing
environment. "Solaris stays stable as we add hardware and different
machine types. That helps us in overall maintenance and keeping down the
time needed to deal with administrative issues," said Sutherland.

Because so much work in gene mapping and sequencing is breaking new
ground, Sutherland and his team write almost all of their own
applications software, relying heavily on Sun Java[TM] System C 6 Update
2 and Sun Java[TM] System C++.

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