[Bioclusters] MAC OSX BioClustering event in Boston, MA --September 10th 2002

chris dagdigian bioclusters@bioinformatics.org
Thu, 08 Aug 2002 17:42:05 -0400

Hi folks,

Apologies in advance for sending a commercial invite to this list. I'm 
not sure if we have worked out a charter that outlines what is 
acceptable for the bioclusters list. The reason I'm posting it is that I 
know there is interest in this area and the subject itself is highly 
on-topic considering what this list was originally set up for.

Background: We (bioteam.net) were visiting Apple  in downtown Boston and 
one of the conversational threads was basically "how cool would it be if 
Apple had a bunch of Xserve units in the Apple Market Center that people 
could come in and play on or benchmark with common cluster or 
informatics applications."

That conversation turned into a formal seminar / show-and-tell. Details 
are below.

Disclaimer: It should be obvious but I'll state it again: This is a 
commercial event. Apple wants to sell Xserve boxes, Platform wants to 
sell LSF and other related software and BioTeam wants to sell 
vendor-neutral professional services and consulting. Be Forwarned :)

I'd also like to hear feedback in general from people via the list or 
personal email regarding Xserve and Apple in general. I know that I was 
personally pretty surprised by the number of Titanium powerbook users 
that attended the recent ISMB meeting in Canada. The Xserve units are 
also selling like mad as well.


>Apple, BioTeam and Platform invite you to join us to explore the benefits of
>distributed computing hardware and software solutions for the demanding
>computational requirements of modern bioinformatics environments.
>Bioscientists need the most powerful technologies available to analyze the
>ever-growing large volumes and complexity of raw data. However, challenges
>faced by many researchers include limited access to hardware to run
>analyses, slow throughput of analysis and poor hardware/software
>At this free seminar Dr. Bill Van Etten of BioTeam will join representatives
>from Platform and Apple to present and discuss the cost-effectiveness and
>scalability of distributed computing for data analysis on Apple's Mac OSX
>platform. Presentations will be followed by an open lab where you will be
>able to see and test a computer cluster built with Mac OSX, Xserve and
>Platformıs life sciences suite running demonstrations of AGBlast, HMMER, and
>other Unix research tools.
>What you will Learn
>- how to achieve supercomputing power through cluster computing
>- the benefits of cluster computing
>- how to set up a cluster
>- how to double or triple your throughput speed
>- how to gain a five-fold increase to a solid sequence-searching platform
>Featured Solutions
>- Mac OSX
>- Mac OS X Server 
>- XServe
>- Platform Computerıs life sciences suite
>Who Should Attend
>- Life Scientists
>- Bioinformatics researchers
>- Life Sciences software developers
>- Life Sciences IT Administrators
>- Life Sciences Business managers
>Date: September 10, 2002
> 9:30 to  9:45 am   Introduction and welcome, Apple
> 9:45 to 10:45 am   High Performance Computing for Life Sciences
>                    Dr. Bill Van Etten, BioTeam
>10:45 to 11:00 am   Break
>11:00 to 11:45 am   Platform: Distributed Computing
>11:45 to 12:30 pm   Apple: Mac OSX Server and Xserve
>12:30 to  1:30 pm   Lunch break
> 1:30 to  5:00 pm   Open lab
>Register Now!
>Seating is limited, so reserve your space now!
>http://www.seminars.apple.com/goToEvent.html?id=19367 or call 800-895-4853
>and ask to register for "MAC OSX CLUSTERING FOR LIFE SCIENCES".
>Platform Computing
>Seminar Room
>Market Center
>28 State Street9th Floor
>Boston, MA 02109

Chris Dagdigian, <dag@sonsorol.org>
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