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UF Biotech Center to Use ScaleMP’s Virtualization System to Maximize Shared Memory

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The University of Florida’s Interdisciplinary Center for Biotechnology Research has installed ScaleMP’s Versatile Symmetric Multiprocessing, or vSMP, Foundation, ScaleMP said this week.

ScaleMP said that the ICBR will use the tool to “harness existing infrastructure to continue to leverage both legacy and proprietary software packages, provide scientists and researchers the ability to submit larger interactive jobs to a virtual symmetric multiprocessing system with large shared memory pools, and increase performance speeds.”

The company said that ICBR's IT team sought a system that could support legacy software as well as proprietary software packages requiring large shared memory, but could not afford traditional SMP systems. As a result, ScaleMP said, "they ended up stretching their virtual infrastructure to accommodate these large shared memory workloads, resulting in a loss of virtualization benefits."

ScaleMP added that its vSMP system was the only tool that could “take commodity hardware and aggregate it into one operating environment…while also allowing multiple threads in a process to address the shared memory pool.”

According to ScaleMP, vSMP Foundation can support up to 128 off-the-shelf x86 servers in a single virtual system. The tool can also provide users with up to 64 TB of shared memory, and can be used to create1,024 processors, with 8,192 cores, virtual SMP.

ICBR provides bioinformatics, cellomics, genomics, and proteomics research services to the UF community as well as other institutions across the nation. Bioinformatics services include sequence analysis and assembly, bacterial genome annotation, and microarray analysis.

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