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Two on Linux and Biotech

Jun 26, 2002, 16:00 (0 Talkback[s])

Sydney Morning Herald: Biotech Group Opts for Linux

"Biotech company Medica Holdings Ltd today said it had formed an agreement with IBM that will allow its subsidiary Cytopia to speed up discovery of drug candidates to treat immune disease and cancer.

"Medica said the Melbourne-based Cytopia would deploy IBM's latest generation Linux supercomputing technology, allowing it to increase 100 fold its speed and selectivity in screening drug candidates.

"Cytopia, which is developing drugs to treat immune disease and cancer, has a worldwide exclusive licence to a number of proteins that play a pivotal role in triggering immune diseases and cancer..."

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Genomeweb: Linux Heavyweight Comes to Pacific Northwest National Lab

"It may not be much more than a pipsqueak right now, but the computer system now being set up at the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is expected to grow into the world heavyweight of Linux supermachines.

"Manufacturer Hewlett-Packard has now delivered an early prototype of the supercomputer, a one-quarter teraflop system that will be upgraded to a 1 teraflop version by the end of the summer. PNNL staff are now working to adapt its computational chemistry code and other software to this system..."

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