March 7, 2002
Silicon Graphics Inc. (SGI)
Chairman and CEO
Goal: Be No. 1 in Visualization
What is the history of your organization’s involvement in life sciences?
Bishop: SGI has had a close alliance with many life sciences companies for more than 15 years. The earliest tools for observing molecular structures were designed on SGI machines. We entered this market because the industry’s needs were a perfect fit for our strengths in high-performance computing (HPC), visualization, and complex data management.
What is your vision for the development of the life sciences market?
Bishop: We aim to be the number one provider of both HPC systems for life sciences research and visualization systems that will change our ability to understand the complex data environment of genomics, proteomics, physiology, medical, and agricultural science.
What products and services does your company provide to the life sciences market?
Bishop: SGI solutions for the life and chemical sciences market include the high-performance computing and storage tools needed to manage the data and perform the computationally intense tasks our customers need to remain competitive. With our highly scalable SGI Origin 3000 and SGI Origin 300 series, SGI supplies the high-performance servers and storage for the intense computational functions essential for success. In addition to these systems, SGI has a team of application engineer Ph.D.s with special training in the life and chemical sciences computing industry. These individuals work with both open source code and our independent software vendor partners to tune applications so that they take advantage of our unique, scalable, shared-memory systems to address the big data challenges ahead for life sciences researchers.
What new products and services do you have in development?
Bishop: We recently launched a new high-throughput computing (HTC) environment for bioinformatics for our SGI Origin 300 server line. This turnkey solution is an extremely cost-effective way to obtain ultra-high-performance bioinformatics throughput. It consists of our scalable four-processor Origin 300 server and four bioinformatics applications engineered with drivers to provide customers with scalable, high-throughput performance. These freely available applications include HTC-Blast, HTC-FastA, HTC-Clustal W, and HTC-Hmmer. We are developing other solutions for this field to provide customers with similar total-cost-of-ownership advantages. We are also introducing the capability of high-performance visualization into this industry.
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