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USC Uses NSF Grant to Buy SGI Data Storage System

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The University of South Carolina has installed SGI’s bioinformatics data storage system in its medical research and computational biology programs, the company said today.
USC has added the Altix 4700 system for academic use in five major research programs, and plans to share the system’s capacity with other institutions in the state, the company said.
The university used a National Science Foundation grant to acquire the system, which it bought through the higher education distributor James River Technical.
The five programs for which USC plans to use the system include defining microbial genome signatures, which measure the evolutionary relationship between species; phylogenetic reconstruction and multiple sequence alignment; protein backbone structure determination using residual dipolar couplings data for identifying structurally novel proteins; solving 2D and 3D computer visualization problems; dissecting gene regulatory networks to develop large-scale microarray data analysis.
Financial terms of the agreement were not released.

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