Data Centers

Removing Obstacles to Research

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Executive Summary

J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI) needed powerful x86-based servers in a small form factor to construct a High-Performance Computing (HPC) grid for genomic analysis. The institute also wanted to reduce its cost per gigabyte for archive storage without sacrificing reliability or performance. For maximum performance in a small footprint, the institute runs its high-performance computing grid for genomic analysis using Sun ONE Grid Engine on 119 x86-based Dell PowerEdge M600 blade servers with Intel Xeon processors. The servers are housed in nine Dell PowerEdge M1000e modular blade enclosures and run Red Hat Linux, a powerful and cost-effective operating system.

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