For Scientists at East Carolina University, New SGI Altix System Trims Solution Times From Days to Hours

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A powerful new computing system from SGI (Nasdaq: SGIC) has shortened the time required to run complex calculations for biologists, chemists and engineers at East Carolina University (ECU) – in some cases, from several days to just a few hours.
Purchased with a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the new SGI(R) Altix(R) 4700 system is helping ECU researchers analyze computational models that were growing too large and complex for the university’s existing resources. The resulting performance gains also have convinced evolutionary biologists at ECU that the shared-memory Altix platform can be a superior engine for the Bayesian inference analyses, routinely run on distributed clusters.
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