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Malaysia Genome Institute Advances Bioinformatics Research Using SGI Technology
Date:2/20/2008

ations such as PHRAP, Staden Package, JAZZ , Consed, and BLAST each with specific compute requirements necessitating multiple systems. The SGI BioCluster solution includes a software layer providing transparent workload scheduling through which users can submit jobs without hardware concerns. The SGI solution's administrative software intelligently cues submissions to run on the appropriate platform, providing best-in-class performance and optimal load balancing. Integrated cluster management tools and dynamic software controls can change the total system from a single meta-cluster to semi-autonomous sub-clusters as needs dictate. For unexpected time-critical computing challenges, the SGI hybrid solution enables administrators to bring all available resources to bear on a single job.

MGI, also known as GENOMalaysia, is a network-based organization carrying out discovery research on tropical bioresources through projects in genome sequencing, comparative and functional genomics, and structural biology. Several major research projects are currently underway at MGI. For example, the Microbial Genomics Research for Gene and Natural Product Discovery project is focusing on two model organisms, Burkholderia pseudomallei, a locally important soil pathogen and Eimeria tenella, a local avian protozoan. The project will harness the SGI solution to dissect the organisms' genomes to gain new insights on virulence, antibiotic resistance, host specificity and infectivity.

The Institute also collaborates with other research facilities and universities throughout the world, including the Antarctica Research Group at the University of Tasmania, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, University of Sheffield, UK and Stanford University.

SGI worked with channel partner Quantum Beez Sdn Bhd (formerly known as Open Source Systems) to design and develop the SGI hybrid solution for MGI.

"Malaysia Genome Institute needed a single, integrated computing platform that lev
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