UK's Institute of Cancer Research and Silicon Graphics establish long-term alliance to design and outfit world-class Network Biology Lab

Sunnyvale 17 February 2009As part of a multi-year collaboration, Silicon Graphics Inc. (SGI) will provide the high-productivity solutions needed to outfit a new world-class cancer research facility in the United Kingdom. Silicon Graphics has been selected to equip, over the next five or more years, an initiative in integrative network biology at London's renowned The Institute of Cancer Research. Expected to open in spring 2009, the initiative in integrative network biology at The Institute will arm a team of cancer research pioneers with advanced compute, storage and visualization solutions built, implemented and optimized by Silicon Graphics.


Unlike mainstream cancer research, which usually focuses on the structure and behaviour of individual genes, proteins or cells, The Institute's effort aims to study how networks of cancer cells interact with each other and surrounding tissues to metastasize or spread throughout the body.

By modelling and simulating how cancer cells interact within the larger biological network, The Institute's researchers hope to achieve breakthroughs that lead to new drugs or treatments that prevent metastasis - the stage when cancer can turn deadly.

"Studying the dynamics of cellular networks will put unprecedented demands on our technology infrastructure, generating enormous data sets that must be processed rapidly, visualized interactively, and accessed on the fly", stated Dr. Rune Linding, head of the Cellular and Molecular Logic Team at The Institute of Cancer Research.

The Institute intends to make use of the full range of Silicon Graphics solutions and services. "The Institute will take a truly innovative approach to cancer research, studying how cancer develops within the complex human biological network", stated Dr. Eng Lim Goh, chief technology officer at Silicon Graphics. "We are looking forward to a long and productive relationship with this remarkable institution, as we collaborate to design a technology infrastructure that accelerates insight by giving researchers new tools in this battle for humanity."

"Intel is proud to join with Silicon Graphics in outfitting The Institute with the world's most scalable compute systems based on Intel Xeon and Intel Itanium processors", stated Richard Dracott, General Manager of High Performance Computing at Intel. "This long-term alliance addresses The Institute's unique need for a collaborative relationship that will continue to enable innovation for years to come. As The Institute raises the watermark on cancer research, Intel stands ready to provide the computational engines for that innovation."

The Institute of Cancer Research is one of the world's leading cancer research centres with expert scientists working on cutting edge research. The Institute marks its 100 years of world leading research into cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment. The Institute is a charity that relies on voluntary income. The Institute is one of the world's most cost-effective major cancer research organisations with over 95 percent in every British Pound directly supporting research.

Silicon Graphics Inc. is an expert in high-performance computing. SGI delivers a complete range of high-performance server and storage solutions along with industry-leading professional services and support that enable its customers to overcome the challenges of complex data-intensive work flows and accelerate breakthrough discoveries, innovation and information transformation. SGI solutions help customers solve their computing challenges whether it's enhancing the quality of life through drug research, designing and manufacturing safer and more efficient cars and airplanes, studying global climate, providing technologies for homeland security and defense, or helping enterprises manage large data. With offices worldwide, the company is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California. More company news is available in the VMW June 2008 article SGI breakthrough technology empowers genome centre research around the world.

Source: SGI

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