eXludus Technologies… announced a reseller relationship with SGI, a leader in high-performance computing. SGI will embed eXludus Grid Optimizer software in its new BioCluster solution, developed specifically for the life sciences market.
…”The SGI BioCluster, based on the SGI Altix XE platform and including eXludus Grid Optimizer software, is an ideal solution for pharmaceutical, biotech and university researchers seeking a turn-key cluster that will accelerate their genomics and proteomics work, and easily integrate into their existing infrastructure,” said Deepak Thakkar, Ph.D., BioSciences Segment Manager, SGI. “Through testing conducted on a 64 processor configuration, it was observed that Grid Optimizer provided up to 90 percent performance gains on key life sciences applications, which allows SGI to deliver a system to our customers that will enable faster time to insight and discovery,” Dr. Thakkar added.
I think that the magic in the eXludus software is that it virtualizes and allows scheduling individual cores in the system which for certain kinds of workloads, particularly embarrassingly parallel ones like you’d find in genome searches, would lead to better performance.
But if you know different/better, leave a comment.