SGI said this week that the Translational Research Institute, an Australian medical research and biopharmaceutical facility, has selected one of SGI's high-performance computing solutions to support its biomedical research efforts.

According to SGI, TRI's new hardware provides more than 2,200 rackable compute cores, 256 cores and 4 terabytes of memory, and more than one petabyte of storage. Researchers will also be able to store and access up to 3 petabytes of historical and inactive data using SGI's DMF system.

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