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Platform Adds Distributed Computing Power To SciTegic s Data Pipelining Solution

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Platform Computing and SciTegic have entered a strategic partnership to develop the Platform Life Sciences Suite, a data analysis system that will run on distributed computational resources.

Under the partnership, Toronto-based Platform will integrate its LSF and Job Scheduler workload management software with SciTegic’s Pipeline Pilot data pipelining software. Platform will market the combined product — its first foray into the data analysis field — under a reseller’s agreement.

“In the past Platform has mainly sold into the IT infrastructure environment,” said Yury Rozenman, director of life sciences business development at Platform. “But what has become apparent in conversations with bioinformatics directors and computational biology leaders is that users have access to a lot of data, but it’s not meaningful access to data.” The combined solution will allow users to graphically design an analysis workflow using the SciTegic technology, while also giving them control over their computational resources. The goal is to help users match the data and applications that make up the data pipeline with the best computational resources available for each execution step.

Mathew Hahn, president of SciTegic, said that Platform’s distributed resource management “can really help optimize the throughput of the kinds of protocols that we’re developing.” In addition, he said, Platform’s current penetration of the life sciences market will greatly aid SciTegic’s own marketing efforts.

Although SciTegic has focused until now on the workflow for cheminformatics, Hahn said, “a number of our customers use our product specifically for bioinformatics and we are moving very directly into the bioinformatics market this year as well.” The company plans to develop new tools and integration pieces for its customers to add publicly available and third-party bioinformatics tools into the Pipeline Pilot workflow.

Hahn said that SciTegic is also seeking similar resale agreements for Pipeline Pilot with vendors within the bioinformatics market, and is particularly interested in partnering on visualization tools.

— BT

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