Linux Cluster designed by Orlando's Tsunamic Technologies to power gene-sequencing research

Orlando 30 January 2007A Linux cluster designed by Tsunamic Technologies will be used to power gene-sequencing research by scientists worldwide. John Van Workum, president of Tsunamic Technologies, said his firm landed a major contract with Integrated Genomics, the Chicago biomedical research firm, to integrate Tsunamic's high-performance computer clusters with Integrated Genomics' advanced ERGO bioinformatics software, which features the largest database of microbial genomes in existence.

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"Integrated Genomics' research, which analyses millions of sequences of chromosome pairs, requires enormous computing power", John Van Workum stated. "Recently, Integrated Genomics achieved a major breakthrough that increased the efficiency of their ERGO bioinformatics software by an order of magnitude. To realize that enormous advance, they must substantially increase their computing power, and that's where we come in", John Van Workum stated.

Tsunamic develops and customizes software that links "Linux clusters" - professional versions of PCs that use the Linux operating system, an open source platform preferred by many scientists because it can be customized to perform unique tasks. Tsunamic specializes in software that links dozens - even hundreds - of computers together in clusters that greatly increase the computational power without substantially increasing costs. Last year, the firm doubled its computational power, John Van Workum stated.

"By leveraging the latest multi-core processor technologies and strategically managing our computer capacity, we can provide a computing service that is fast enough to keep up with advancing technology and stay cost-effective", stated John Van Workum. He added that he anticipates additional projects from bioinformatics companies.

"We are a perfect match for bioinformatics companies like Integrated Genomics", stated John Van Workum. "Their scientists are always seeking ways to improve the efficiency of their software, which applies substantially more computing power to their research. Tsunamic's Linux high-performance clusters offer the most cost-effective way to generate that power", he stated.

Integrated Genomics is a provider of bioinformatics products and services for the life science industry, with a recent focus on the use of in silico strategies for comparative genomics. The company's expertise in microbial genomics includes genome sequencing, genome analysis and custom bioinformatics. Integrated Genomics has developed and distributed ERGO, the most advanced and comprehensive bioinformatics suite for microbial genomics on the market. ERGO contains the largest available integration of microbial genome data, including genome-derived metabolic reconstructions and representing the chemical reaction networks of metabolic pathways.

Tsunamic Technologies Inc. (TTI) provides on-demand cluster computing services via the Internet for commercial industry and academic institutions. Outsourcing cluster computing minimizes the daunting cost of administrating and maintaining high-performance Linux clusters systems. The company's business model allows on-demand, pay as you go access to high performance computing which can be used to meet peak requirements or as a complete outsource host for high-performance platforms. TTI's real world experience combined with their scientific and technical knowledge offer customers the highest quality support and service. Tsnuamic Technologies Inc. is a client of the University of Central Florida (UCF) Technology Incubator in the Central Florida Research Park.

Since its founding in 1999, the UCF Technology Incubator has helped more than 80 emerging technology companies create over $200 million in annual revenue and more than 700 new jobs with an average salary of $59.000. The UCF Technology Incubator was named 2004 Incubator of the Year by the National Business Incubation Association. Headquartered in Research Park near the University, the Incubator is a true collaboration in economic development between UCF, Orange County, the City of Orlando, Seminole County, the Florida High Tech Corridor Council and the Metro Orlando Economic Development Commission.


Leslie Versweyveld

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