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IGIB picks HP supercomputer to accelerate discovery
June 2005

PALO ALTO, Calif. - The Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology (IGIB), a constituent laboratory of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research based in New Delhi, India, has chosen a four-teraflop HP supercomputer running the Linux operating system to advance its life sciences computational biology research.
IGIB's supercomputer will be the most powerful HP supercomputer in Asia and will vault IGIB into the ranks of global research institutions such as Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Pittsburgh Super-computing Center, Sandia National Laboratory and Los Alamos National Laboratory that have implemented ultra-scaleable, multi-teraflop HP supercomputing systems. A teraflop measures computer speed and equates to a trillion floating-point operations per second.
Conducting research that leads to increased knowledge and the development of life sciences and life systems technologies, IGIB's scientific exploration ranges from genes to proteins and from biotechnology to pharmaceuticals and personalized medicine. The new HP Cluster Platform supercomputer with XC System Software will be used to meet these increasingly complex needs of life sciences research that have advanced beyond genomics.
"HP's Cluster Platform provides a scalable architecture that allows us to complete large, complex simulation experiments such as molecular interactions and dynamics, virtual drug screening, protein folding and so forth much more quickly," said Dr. Samir Brahmachari, director, IGIB. "This technology, combined with HP's experience and expertise in life sciences, helps IGIB speed access to information, knowledge and new levels of efficiency, which we hope will ultimately culminate in the discovery of new drug targets and predictive medicine for complex disorders with minimum side effects."
The supercomputer, which is expected to deliver four teraflops, is a 288-node HP Cluster Platform 3000 based on HP ProLiant servers with Intel(R) Xeon(TM) processors and running Linux with XC System Software. A high-speed InfiniBand 10 gigabit-per-second cluster interconnect is used and HP's XC System Software provides cluster management capability.



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