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SGI Introduces the SGI BioCluster Life Sciences Workflow Solution
Date:12/11/2007

SGI Altix XE Cluster with eXludus Grid Optimizer Delivers 90 Percent

Acceleration of BLASTn and 70 Percent Acceleration of HMMER

SUNNYVALE, Calif., Dec. 11 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- With clusters the fastest growing segment of the computer market in biosciences according to the IDC industry analyst report "HPC Market and Research Overview: 2006 and Beyond", SGI (Nasdaq: SGIC) introduces the SGI(R) BioCluster, a powerful and accelerated workflow solution for pharmaceutical, life sciences and higher education researchers. The SGI BioCluster is an SGI(R) Altix(R) XE cluster system with PBS Pro cluster management tools and the eXludus Grid Optimizer(TM), a new multi-core capacity management technology that substantially boosts throughput in clusters and grids running workloads with tens, hundreds or thousands of concurrent users through its unique real-time job schedule optimization technology.

Two life sciences software applications have been benchmarked by eXludus on the SGI BioCluster thus far, using a 64-processor configuration. There was a 70 percent performance acceleration of HMMER and 90 percent acceleration on BLASTn, compared to a SGI Altix XE cluster using PBS Pro only.

"The high performance gains we achieved on in-house benchmarks are a result of the combination of our new Grid Optimizer, which is designed to increase the throughput efficiency of multi-core processors and prevent them from interfering with one another and the scalable architecture of the SGI Altix XE," said Benoit Marchand, founder and CEO of eXludus. "As we developed this technology we found that not only does performance increase, but performances of certain classes of applications accelerate tremendously, specifically bioinformati
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