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celera's computers.

Richard Hughey rph at cse.ucsc.edu
Thu Aug 31 18:20:01 EST 2000

The PUBLIC humane genome assembly effort used 101 Dell XPS t800r PIII
machines runing Linux and Condor.


In article <8oh4u0$23g at gap.cco.caltech.edu>, mathog at seqaxp.bio.caltech.edu (David Mathog) writes:
|> In article <Pine.LNX.4.10.10008290043040.1514-100000 at morpheus.laserlink.net>, Mike Palamara <mike at laserlink.net> writes:
|> >I'm a unix engineer and I was wondering if anyone knows what type of
|> >computer systems the company celera is using to crack the human genome.
|> By "crack" I'll assume you mean "assemble".  They used a large number of 
|> of Alphas running Tru64.  See for instance:
|>   http://www.celera.com/corporate/about/press_releases/celera062600_1.html
|> which says in part:
|>   Another key to Celera's success in genomic sequencing has been the development of
|>   high performance supercomputing technology. Celera's computing partner is Compaq
|>   Computer Corporation. In completing the sequencing and assembly of the 3.12 billion
|>   letters of genetic code, Celera relied exclusively on networked Compaq AlphServer
|>   computers running Tru64 UNIX and TruCluster software to manage the more than 80
|>   terabytes of data and to perform what are believed to be some of the most complex
|>   computations in the history of supercomputing. Celera's final assembly computations
|>   were run on Compaq's new AlphaServer GS160 because the algorithms and data
|>   required 64 gigabytes of shared memory to run successfully. Celera also has an alliance
|>   with Oracle for complete database development and infrastructure for all planned
|>   Celera Genomics databases, including Drosophila (fruit fly), human, mouse, rice and
|>   Arabidopsis (mustard weed). 
|> http://www6.compaq.com/inform/issues/issue25/25fe0802.html
|>   To complement Venter's leading-edge
|>   methods, Celera recently adopted a
|>   computing infrastructure based on Compaq
|>   high-performance systems, including an
|>   array of Compaq AlphaServers, and more
|>   than 200 Alpha workstation and Professional
|>   Workstation systems.    The systems will
|>   ultimately access multiple-terabyte databases
|>   held in Compaq StorageWorks disk arrays. 
|>   In addition, Celera will rely on Compaq
|>   Services to build and maintain the system
|>   infrastructure. The custom services include
|>   network and systems integration, database
|>   management, and systems administration.
|> Regards,
|> David Mathog
|> mathog at seqaxp.bio.caltech.edu
|> Manager, sequence analysis facility, biology division, Caltech 

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