Sun Microsystems has awarded the Center for Computational Biology at Taiwan
National Cheng Kung University (NCKU), as a Sun Center of Excellence (COE) for
Bioinformatics. The first Sun COE in Taiwan, NCKU will join an elite
cadre of universities around the world using cutting-edge technology to
conduct research in bioinformatics. The award was delivered
at the Taiwan Education and Research Conference of 2003 this month.
The NCKU COE aims to build a customized multi-functional bioinformatics
infrastructure for target gene identification and annotation in both
wet-lab and dry-lab approaches. The center will first focus this
technology on the study of bladder cancer. The integrated
bioinformatics platform constructed at the center will become a model
for target gene screening that can be incorporated into biomedical
research in Taiwan.
The NCKU will integrate Sun hardware and self-developed information
extraction tools in the form of a large-scale, high-performance
computing environment. The center will deploy the Sun BladeTM 100
workstation, Sun BladeTM 2000 workstation, Sun StorEdgeTM T3 arrays,
and the Sun FireTM 6800 server, based on the SolarisTM Operating
Environment (Solaris OE). Together, Sun Microsystems and NCKU will develop a center
complete with the software tools necessary to conduct groundbreaking
research in bioinformatics and related areas.
"Sun has COEs in many countries, and by joining the COE, NCKU is able
to join this global community to learn advanced technology and industry
trends in biotechnology," said Dr. Jung-Hsien Chang, associate
professor in the Department of Computer Science at NCKU. "Furthermore,
the research platform for analyzing bio data will be a prototype, so
that NCKU will be able to share the successful result with other
members in the community of Sun COEs."
"We are very glad to be working in collaboration with National Cheng
Kung University and we will continue to build the tools and technology
that can unlock important new discoveries," said Daniel Yu, president,
Sun Microsystems, Greater China. "In addition to supplying the
technology for innovative research, we endorse a cohesive community of
academic research institutions. This community facilitates the transfer
of knowledge and establishes an environment for competitive results."
NCKU is a member of the Computational Biology Special Interest Group
(CB-SIG), a 925-member organization which aims to keep Sun's customers
up-to-date with relevant Sun technology and open standards initiatives,
to provide support for the user community and to provide a forum to
discuss recent scientific developments. Computational Biology is a
progressive segment comprised of bioinformatics (genomics and
post-genomics), macromolecular structure, bio-simulation/bio-networks/
systems biology, bioengineering, clinical
informatics, and medical imaging.
National Cheng Kung University maintains a total population of 22,000
students, teachers and staff members. The university has expanded from
the Tainan Higher Industrial School into a leading university with six
colleges located in nine different campuses in 2002. Its Biosciences
and Biotechnology Research Center is recognized as one of the first-level
administrative units at NCKU. NCKU is listed among the nine key
universities in Taiwan by the Ministry of Education, Taiwan.
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