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Blackstone Builds Compute Farm for Celera Genomics



ORCESTER, Mass.--Blackstone Technology Group here has assisted Celera Genomics with the configuration and rollout of what may be one of the largest compute farms. Using the compute farm, Celera is able to accelerate the analysis of the 3.5 billion units of information that comprise the human genome, said Blackstone.

Celera announced recently that it has sequenced about 90 percent of that genome. Ron Ranauro, Blackstone’s president, said, "Prior to the computer farm, computers at Celera were organized by function. While one group of computers at Celera’s headquarters was processing data, another group would remain idle waiting for data. Now, with their compute farm in place, Celera is able to use all of its processors, all the time." Celera’s compute farm pools together hundreds of Compaq AlphaStation 64-bit workstations, enabling them to act as one large supercomputer.

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