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December 6, 2006

Sun systems shine for Cedars-Sinai researchers

California's Cedars-Sinai Medical Center has begun using a Sun Grid Rack system from Sun Microsystems to process and analyze vast amounts of complex data in the pursuit of medical discoveries that it hopes could lead to new treatments for life-threatening and chronic diseases.

By CBR Staff Writer

Cedars-Sinai, one of the largest academic medical centers in the US, expects to more than quadruple its previous data processing capacity using the Sun high-performance computing grid, while also decreasing cost and power consumption.

The medical center is using a Sun Grid Rack system comprised of 400 Sun Fire x64 servers, Sun StorageTek solutions, Sun N1 software and pre-integrated by Sun Customer Ready Systems.

The system will help researchers conducting highly complex analyses of the proteins in patient blood samples in order to discover and develop treatments – for cancer, heart disease, epilepsy, high cholesterol and other diseases – that are based on an individual’s biochemical make-up and medical history.

Cedars-Sinai chose Sun as the best option for its processing, storage and backup requirements. The 400 Sun servers form a supercomputer in a compact footprint that performs huge volumes of statistical and data analysis. The system is aiming to generate four terabytes of data daily by 2007 – four times what was previously processed by the grid – and eight terabytes daily by 2008.

The processing power enables researchers to analyze complex data sets in days rather than weeks or months and cross-compare data to uncover new disease connections.

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