TORONTO--Platform Computing said its LSF Suite was important in managing and optimizing more than 250 Alpha-based Compaq, Linux-based x86, SGI, and Sun Microsystems machines as well as the many software resources in the supercluster at the Sanger Centre in Cambridge, UK, that were used to decode human chromosome 22.
Phil Butcher, Sanger’s head of information technology, said, "We needed a solution to maximize the powerful processing power of the Alpha systems. Given the need to run jobs that could take from a few minutes to many days to complete, we needed a cluster to run continually without crashing or interrupting our workload. LSF provided us with this." An international team of scientists, based at Sanger spent six years discovering all 34 million chemical letters that make up human chromosome 22.