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Cray CX1, ONeFS 5.0, Accelerator-x, NIST peptide libraries, SmileMS 0.9, On-Demand Informatics Solution

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Cray and Microsoft have launched the new Cray CX1 supercomputer, which is pre-installed with Windows HPC Server 2008.
 
Cray said that US list prices range from $25,000 to more than $60,000. The companies expect the system to be of interest to a broad array of markets including life sciences, financial services, aerospace, government, academic ventures, and digital media.
 

 
Isilon has released OneFS 5.0, a clustered storage system that delivers up to 20 gigabytes per second of performance and 2.3 petabytes of capacity in a single file system and a single volume. It is a unified operating system that powers all of the clustered storage systems in the company’s IQ family. The firm also provides software applications to leverage OneFS and clustered storage.
 
Isilon has also released Accelerator-x, which delivers 10 gigabit ethernet connectivity for next-generation enterprise networking. It is interoperable with other 10 GbE networking soluytions from firms such as Force10 Networks, Fujitsu, and Chelsio.
 
According to the company, Accelrator-x combines OneFS 5.0 with 10 GbE networking, dual quad core Intel processors, and 32 gigabytes of cache to deliver 400 MBps of single stream performance and 700 MBps of concurrent performance from a single node.
 

 
The National Institute of Standards and Technology Mass Spectrometry Data Center has released version 2 of its peptide libraries via the PeptideAtlas site and a newly launched website.
 
The libraries are intended to demonstrate that peptide ion fragmentation libraries can enable the development of software applications that use them for identifying peptides by mass spectrometry. The libraries vary in size, NIST said, but some are “large enough for general use.”
 
In order to use the SpectraST software to search these libraries, researchers need to convert the .msp files to SpectraST format or download the pre-formatted versions from the PeptideAtlas site. 
 

 
Geneva, Switzerland-based Geneva Bioinformatics has launched version 0.9 of SmileMS, a platform to rapidly screen large sets of molecules by mass spectrometry. SmileMS includes an instrument-independent algorithm that is sensitive enough to also search libraries from various instruments. Users can integrate private or public spectra libraries in the system.
 

 
GenomeQuest has introduced an On-Demand Informatics Solution that allows researchers to access the company’s compute cloud to transform second-generation sequencing data into databases that can be analyzed with the GenomeQuest web application.  
 
According to the company, this system lets scientists access sequencing data the day after the second generation sequencing run is completed and supports in silico purification of next-generation sequencing samples, transcript discovery, gene expression, gene regulation, and variant detection studies.

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