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IBM to Provide Hardware, Software to Johns Hopkins Cardiovascular Researchers

NEW YORK, Feb. 13 - IBM has awarded researchers at JohnsHopkinsUniversity's new Center for Cardiovascular Bioinformatics and Modeling a shared university research award for hardware and software, IBM said today.


The grant goes to Raimond Winslow, the center's director, and his colleagues, who are working on in silico models of heart cells, tissues, and organs, and are looking at patterns of gene expression variation in heart disease, as well as proteins.


"Our job is to identify disease mechanics at the gene and protein levels, then identify a drug target that might be useful in treating the disease," Winslow said in a statement.


The researchers also plan to use the award to further develop global-scale file management software to connect far-flung organizations and researchers involved in the center's work and give them high-speed access to the research. Randal Burns, assistant professor in the university's department of computer science and director of the Hopkins Storage Systems Lab, has received a portion of the SUR award to support this aspect of the research.


IBM will provide technology that includes an eServer computer as well as an xSeries Linux cluster, a storage area network and a robotic virtual tape server system. The company also will use the DB2 database.


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