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Purdue University Grids its Unused Computer Cycles for Genomic, Proteomic Research

NEW YORK, June 25 -- Purdue University is creating a computational grid to put some 2,300 computers in its instructional labs to work during off-hours, using the United Devices system, the Austin, Texas-based company said today.


The Indiana-based university is installing United Device's Grid MP Enterprise product to create a grid among the clusters, servers, desktops, and workstations that sit unused when instructional labs close at 1 a.m. nightly, creating a grid to perform an estimated 8,000 to 10,000 genomics and proteomics sequencing runs daily, according to a statement.


A representative of the university's information-technology services agency said Purdue is considering a program to share surplus grid capacity with the local genomics industry, as well as borrowing unused capacity.


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