New supercomputer connection speeds genetic research

Phoenix 13 August 2010A Cox Business light-speed computer connection coupled with advanced, military-grade technology now provides Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) with the United States' fastest supercomputer link among life-sciences facilities. This enhanced capability moves data 100 times faster between TGen and Saguaro 2, Arizona State University's (ASU) supercomputer, accelerating TGen's molecular research into diseases such as Alzheimer's, diabetes and many types of cancer. The transfer and processing of data sets containing trillions of bits of DNA information that once took more than a week will now be done in just a few hours.

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"Every advance in computer technology helps us move ever-closer to finding new and better ways to diagnose - and help select treatment plans for - patients who are counting on us to improve their quality of life", stated Dr. Jeffrey Trent, TGen's president and research director.

"The field of biomedical research presents one of the greatest opportunities in transferring massive amounts of data from point to point. Our Cox LightWave Service accomplishes this quickly, and with 100 percent security, over our wholly-owned network. It's ideal for enterprises like TGen, ASU and data centres that transmit and receive information in terabytes", stated Hyman Sukiennik, vice president, Cox Business Arizona.

Dr. David Southwell, chief technology officer of Obsidian Strategics, added: "Cox Business' LightWave Service, enhanced with a new technology designed for mission-critical military applications by Obsidian, achieves near perfect utilization of a 10Gb Ethernet connection by saturating the wavelength with a sustained flow of data, essentially filling the pipe, while at the same time encrypting the flow of information to ensure patient privacy."

Reducing transmission time will become more critical in the future, with TGen's next generation sequencers easily producing as much as 30 terabytes of data per experiment, or the equivalent of an iPod with 15 million songs.

Lee Seabrooke, ASU's director of knowledge informatics, stated: "The High Performance Computing Initiative at ASU, along with our extensive academic and scientific resources, uniquely positions ASU to be able to address the most critical challenges of our time."

Cox Business provides voice, data and video services for nearly 250.000 small and regional businesses, including health care providers, K-12 and higher education, financial institutions and federal, state and local government organisations. According to Vertical Systems Group, Cox Business is the fourth largest provider of business Ethernet services in the United States based on customer ports. Cox is currently the seventh largest voice service provider in the United States and supports more than 730.000 business phone lines.

Cox Communications is a broadband communications and entertainment company, providing advanced digital video, Internet, telephone and wireless services over its own nationwide IP network. The third-largest United States cable TV company, Cox serves more than 6 million residences and businesses. Cox Business is a facilities-based provider of voice, video and data solutions for commercial customers, and Cox Media is a full-service provider of national and local cable spot and new media advertising.

Cox is known for its pioneering efforts in cable telephone and commercial services, industry-leading customer care and its outstanding workplaces. For seven years, Cox has been recognized as the top operator for women by Women in Cable Telecommunications; for five years, Cox has ranked among DiversityInc's Top 50 Companies for Diversity, and the company holds a perfect score in the Human Rights Campaign's Corporate Equality Index.


Source: Cox Communications

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