Translational Research Institute Implements SGI Super Computing Solutions to
Accelerate Cures for Cancer
BRISBANE, Australia, June 4, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- SGI (Nasdaq:SGI), the
trusted leader in technical computing, today announced that Translational
Research Institute (TRI) has selected SGI to provide a big data HPC solution
powered by SGI® UV™ 2000 shared memory platform, SGI® Rackable® clusters and
SGI® InfiniteStorage™ to accelerate results at its new state-of-the-art
This new facility, which represents four leading medical research institutes,
will focus on advanced treatments and therapies for common and serious disease
such as cancers, diabetes, inflammatory diseases, HIV, malaria, bone and joint
diseases and obesity. The Institute is destined to be the largest biomedical
research institute in the Southern Hemisphere.
Researchers will now have access to the necessary technology and facilities in
one location, which will positively impact productivity through the rate at
which work is processed and scientific results are achieved. SGI's compute and
data storage solution provides more than 2,200 SGI Rackable compute cores, 256
cores and 4TB of memory SGI UV 2000 and more than one petabyte of SGI
InfiniteStorage high performance storage. Up to three petabytes of historical
and inactive data will be stored on tape and available via SGI's DMF system.
The combination of SGI Rackable scale out clusters, UV 2000 shared memory for
large 'in memory' application requirements along with high performance storage
offered the flexibility of compute, storage platforms and software that TRI
needed to tackle their big data problems. This solution will complement the
massive amounts of data that high resolution gene sequencers, microscopes and
associated laboratory equipment generate. The SGI solution will assist in
increasing productivity and accelerating the time to discovery of new
treatments, subsequent commercialisation and significant patents.
TRI Chief Operating Officer Dr. Kate Johnston highlights the rapid advances
seen in research and development over the last decade, signalling that
scientific research is fast becoming an exercise in handling enormous data
"Scientists are essentially looking for the veritable 'needle in a haystack'
in amongst this data," said Dr. Johnston. "Without the correct technology to
do this it could take researchers years to find their 'needle.' The SGI High
Performance cluster provides our researchers with the computing power they
need in order to both analyse and appropriately store their large experimental
SGI has a long and positive reputation of providing high performance
infrastructure to enable Australian research projects. Dr. Eng Lim Goh, SGI's
senior vice president and chief technology officer, speaks about how important
it is for SGI to be a part of this pioneering work.
"The storage, analytical and computational needs of TRI are substantial and
unique," said Dr. Goh. "SGI with our big data solutions are proud to be a part
of TRI as they translate their discoveries to advances in patient care."
TRI's collective expertise across common and serious diseases such as cancers,
diabetes, inflammatory diseases, HIV, malaria, bone and joint diseases,
obesity and children's health research will have a direct impact on improved
public health and enhanced preventative treatments for people worldwide. The
Institute brings four of Australia's leading research facilities together with
the aim of translating the findings of basic biomedical research into better
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About Translational Research Institute (TRI)
The Institute a joint venture between The University of Queensland Diamantina
Institute, Queensland University of Technology's Institute of Health and
Biomedical Innovation, Mater Research Institute and the Princess Alexandra
Hospital Centre's for Health Research has been made possible through funding
provided by the Australian and Queensland Governments, The Atlantic
Philanthropies, UQ and QUT.
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