System News
Sun and DoubleTwist Brings Powerful Tools To Life Scientists
January 12, 2000,
Volume 21, Issue 1

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, 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 A5200 arrays.

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