Sun Enterprise servers, StorEdge arrays, Solaris, and Java
have been chosen by DoubleTwist, Inc.
as the technology platforms to implement DoubleTwist's unique portal for
life science research. The portal, at http://www.DoubleTwist.com, offers genetic
scientists the ability to search a large number of public and private
genetics databases, isolate sequences, process queries, and even purchase
scientific products on-line.
DoubleTwist chose Sun hardware and software platforms because they provide
the rock-solid performance and network functionality needed to database-
and processing-intensive application. Java is a key component
of the portal, as the basis of both the user-friendly Web interface, and
as the underlying technology for building the site's agents. These
agents are small pieces of automated software that allow researchers to
find and match DNA or protein sequences, analyze genomic sequences, and
monitor the evolution of sequence databases.
The Sun hardware that will support the portal includes, among other
things, Sun Enterprise servers and StorEdge arrays organized into two
clusters using SunCluster software. One cluster handles backend
processing and data warehouse functions, and the second delivers front-end
search engine, e-commerce, and database functionality. The system includes
multiple Sun Enterprise 450, 220 and 420 servers, several Sun Enterprise
5500 servers, and more than three terabytes of Sun StorEdge A5200 and
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