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Institute for Systems Biology Partners with University of Alaska Fairbanks for Supercomputing Services

NEW YORK, July 31 – The Institute for Systems Biology has partnered with the Arctic Region Supercomputing Center at the University of Alaska Fairbanks to perform gene and protein-related research using extremely large datasets of genes, the organizations announced Tuesday.

Details of the partnership were not disclosed.

“The partnership provides the institute with access to tremendous processing power and expertise at one of the nation's leading computing centers,” Leroy Hood, director of the Institute for Systems Biology, said in a statement. 

ARSC, located on the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus, supports a 32-processor Cray SV1ex, a 272-processor Cray T3E, a 200-processor IBM SP, and two StorageTek robotic tape silos. The center, founded in 1993, provides computational resources to scientists within the University and the Department of Defense.

ARSC and the Institute for Systems Biology are linked via a high-bandwidth connection.

“We are excited to bring our computational resources to bear on the challenges ISB is tackling and to build our expertise in computational biology,” Mark Hamilton, President of the University of Alaska, said in a statement.