Upgrade of the BIOINFO Server
HKU Pasteur Research Centre, HKU Computer Centre , and Centre de Ressources INFOBIOGEN, France, with funding support from the HKSAR Government Innovation and Technology Fund. The system is available for access by users in HKU as well as other research organizations.
Since 2004, the BIOINFO server system was heavily used, especially by researchers doing statistical analysis and gene signal modeling in the bioinformatics area. We are pleased to report that an hardware upgrade on the BIOINFO system to a SUN-Fire 6900 system, with the last contribution of funding from the BIOSUPPORT project, was completed in February 2005. The upgraded system consists of 24 "SUN 1.2GHz UltraSPARC-IV" CPUs and 96GB of physical memory (previously 24GB). In addition to the original 2,400 GB of raw disk storage, the system is also enhanced with new 3,500 GB (raw capacity) of SUN StorEdge 6130 disk storage and a L100 tape library with 4 LTO-2 tape drives for doing backup. The CPU benchmark of this high performance new system is now 295 SPECint_rate2000, and 112.7 GFLOPS. It is estimated 2.5 times faster than the system before upgrade. Details of its hardware configuration can be viewed at http://email@example.com