August 13, 2010

By hammersmith

[Source: TGen] – A new light-speed computer connection using a military-tested network provides the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) with the nation’s fastest supercomputer link among life-science facilities.

This enhanced capability moves data up to 100 times faster between TGen and Saguaro 2, Arizona State University’s supercomputer, accelerating TGen’s molecular research into diseases such as Alzheimer’s, diabetes and many types of cancer.

The transfer and processing of data sets containing trillions of bits of DNA information that once took more than a week will now be done in just a few hours.

To make this possible, Cox Business Arizona has installed a 10-gigabit LightWave fiber-optic connection between TGen in downtown Phoenix and the Saguaro 2 supercomputer, 10 miles away at Arizona State University’s main campus in Tempe.

For more information: TGen’s new link to ASU supercomputer is nation’s fastest