eXludus and SGI join BioIT Alliance to speed life sciences research on clusters and Grids

Montréal, Sunnyvale 23 July 2007To spearhead new ways of sharing complex data in the bioinformatics market, eXludus Technologies, whose software dramatically boosts application throughput for compute clusters and Grids, and SGI have joined the BioIT Alliance, a cross-industry group of organisations working together to integrate science and technology in order to accelerate the pace of drug discovery and to realize the potential of personalized medicine.


The Alliance unites the pharmaceutical, biotech, hardware, and software industries to explore new ways to share complex biomedical data and collaborate among multi-disciplinary teams to speed the pace of discovery in the life sciences.

"eXludus will contribute leadership in accelerating time-to-discovery through more efficient processing of biomedical applications and data across clusters and Grids, which are today's mainstream computing environments", stated Dr. Stephen Perrenod, eXludus's vice president of worldwide sales and marketing. "We are excited about collaborating with the other leading solution providers who are members of the BioIT Alliance."

Rudy Potenzone, BioIT Alliance Manager and Industry Technology Strategist for Pharmaceuticals, stated: "We welcome eXludus and their expertise to the best-in-class companies that make up the BioIT Alliance. The company's Grid Optimizer software can substantially increase throughput in clusters and Grids running workloads with tens, hundreds or thousands of concurrent user jobs. Faster throughput directly contributes to the BioIT Alliance's goal of accelerating scientific discovery."

eXludus Technologies is an innovative, award-winning designer software company developing and marketing a suite of state-of-the-art optimization technologies for server, cluster and Grid computing in commercial and public sector applications. eXludus software recovers idle processing capacity and eliminates wasted investment in infrastructure capital and operating costs through innovative technology. The company's products aim to provide unprecedented ROI relative to hardware-based infrastructure upgrades, while simplifying workload and resource provisioning and adaptability. The technology boosts performance on facilities ranging from single servers to large enterprise data centres, and interoperates with existing software environments with minimal integration effort.

"By joining the BioIT Alliance, SGI deepens its commitment to biosciences professionals and continues to advance innovative ways so that this user community can meet the challenges they face of ever-increasing work flow demands", stated Deepak Thakkar, biosciences segment manager, SGI. "We are very pleased to join the Alliance and look forward to collaborating with other distinguished members."

The BioIT Alliance brings together science and technology leaders to consider new ways to address the unique technical challenges life scientists face in data integration, collaboration, and knowledge management and use Microsoft technology to reduce costs, streamline research, and market their products more effectively.

"The BioIT Alliance welcomes SGI, a company whose legacy in the sciences field and advances in shared memory processing architecture enables greatly accelerated performance, especially for the large data sets bioinformatics research now requires", stated Don Rule, BioIT Alliance Manager and business development manager of Microsoft Strategic Relations. "SGI's long-standing customer base and industry acclaim within the life sciences community will be a terrific asset to the Alliance as we move forward in decoding the mysteries of humans, plants and animals for the betterment of all."

The decision to join the Alliance falls on-the-heals of the recent launch of SGI Scientific Workflow Solution optimized for life sciences. The SGI Scientific Workflow Solution addresses an increasingly costly problem in today's research labs. To enable new breakthroughs in biosciences and other disciplines, modern scientific work flows must incorporate an ever-widening array of applications - something that puts extraordinary pressures on organisations struggling to make do with a single primary computing resource. SGI's Scientific Workflow Solution is a hybrid computing solution that successfully blends three different computing architectures - x86 clusters, shared memory systems and field-programmable gate arrays (FPGA) - and data storage into a single, integrated work flow environment to satisfy the diverse application performance requirements.

"With decades of experience and knowledge with our life sciences customers, SGI remains at the forefront of understanding the overwhelming need for robust, optimized, integrated, open system solutions that blast through bottlenecks in genomics, proteomics, bioinformatics, genome sequencing and drug discovery", added Deepak Thakkar.

Formed in 2006, the BioIT Alliance is a cross-industry group working to integrate science and technology in order to accelerate the pace of drug discovery and realize the potential of personalized medicine. Founding members include Accelrys Software Inc., Affymetrix Inc., Agilent Technologies Inc., Amylin Pharmaceuticals Inc., Applied Biosystems, The BioTeam Inc., Digipede Technologies LLC, Discovery Biosciences Corporation, Geospiza Inc., Hewlett-Packard Development Company L.P., Illumina Inc., InterKnowlogy, Microsoft Corporation, Sun Microsystems Inc., The Scripps Research Institute, VizX Labs LLC and other key companies in the pharmaceutical, biotech, hardware and software industries. More news on the BioIT Alliance can be found in the VMW May 2006 article Digipede joins the BioIT Alliance.

Leslie Versweyveld

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