SGI Technology Accelerates New Cancer Research

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SUNNYVALE, Calif., Dec. 5 — Discovering the differences and changes within the genome that trigger disease is a priority for The Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen). To aid the non-profit research institute in their quest, TGen deployed technology from SGI to more quickly analyze molecular profile data sets in their search for cancer cures. Purchased in April through a National Institute of Health (NIH) grant, the SGI Altix 4700 will assist TGen researchers in understanding the genomic variation — a process which requires comparison searches of enormous data sets — that can be rapidly used for diagnosis and treatment of disease in a manner tailored to individual patients.
TGen selected the SGI Altix 4700 system with over half a terabyte of shared memory so researchers in the Phoenix, Ariz., institute can search across multiple chromosomes, all in memory, without having to break the problems into smaller pieces, enabling researchers to look at the whole instead of the sum of the parts.

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