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EBI Chooses Persistence Software to Provide Real-Time DB Access

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HINXTON, UK--The European Bioinformatics Institute (EBI) here has announced that it will use products from Persistence Software, San Mateo, Calif., to provide real-time access to the European Molecular Biology Laboratory's (EMBL's) Nucleotide Sequence Database. The products will be provided by Persistence's European distributor, Valtech.

EBI will make use of Persistence's Live Object Server, a high-performance application server that provides immediate access to massive quantities of data. The institute will extend the system by producing Internet clients that can be used to query and submit more genome information from their data in an Oracle 8 database.

The object-oriented technology was selected because it supports rapid application development and improves transaction performance, according to Persistence.

"A research project of this scope and magnitude involves constantly evolving data, flowing from the painstaking work of research teams around the world," commented Graham Cameron, who runs EBI's information services. "It's critical that the latest findings are captured and made accessible so that the exchange of ideas is fluid and successful, and new efforts are based on the most recent information available."

EBI has begun to use CORBA technology to support interoperability between a variety of databases, as well as the integration of tools that access these databases. The Persistence products generate C++ classes and methods that reflect the tables and relationships in the relational schema, as well as standard methods to access the relational tables.

"Deploying a Live Object Server delivers immediate, dramatic value to our customers--organizations looking for an elegant solution for accelerating their distributed business processes," commented Christopher Keene, Persistence's president. "We're particularly gratified that our technology will be driving one of the most exciting and far-reaching scientific research projects in the world today."

The nucleotide sequence data library was established by EMBL in 1980 to collect, organize, and distribute a database of nucleotide sequences and related descriptive information extracted from publications in scientific journals. The activities of the data library were transferred to EBI in 1994.

Persistence automates the development of high-performance distributed systems. The company's patented "Live Object Cache" uses shared object caching and object-relational mapping to accelerate the performance of enterprise applications. Founded in 1991, Persistence is a privately-held company with direct sales operations the US and a network of international distributors, including Valtech, in Europe. The company is a recognized leader in CORBA-relational development tools and application servers.

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