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NetworkWorldFusion: Linux supercomputer to be used for drug research

Aug 24, 2001, 03:00 (9 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Todd R. Weiss)
"Drug maker Vertex Pharmaceuticals Inc. has commissioned the construction of a 112-processor, 110-gigaflop Linux supercomputer cluster that will be used to accelerate drug research and development.

In an announcement, Cambridge, Massachusetts-based Vertex said the hardware is being provided by VA Linux Systems Inc. in Fremont, California, and the project management, software deployment and configuration are being provided by Boston-based Blackstone Computing.

The cluster will initially use 56 computers, each running a pair of Intel Corp. 933-MHz Pentium III processors, and will be scaleable to up to 450 machines running as many as 900 processors. The cluster will perform parallel computations using proprietary software to conduct Vertex research into structural biology, combinatorial chemistry, medicinal chemistry, bioinformatics and pharmacology groups."

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