Sun Microsystems has sold a high-end E10000 computer to Oxford GlycoSciences, a drug development company that will use the machine to analyze the biological molecules linked to human diseases. OGS studies proteomics, the computing-intensive science of how genes produce complicated molecules called proteins. OGS is buying a giant storage network with 10 terabytes of capacity along with the computer, and the total deal was worth millions of dollars, a Sun spokeswoman said.
Meanwhile, IBM's parallel effort to have its high-end hardware power genetics research took another step forward. An IBM computer at NuTec will be used by doctors at Emory University to predict the best treatment for cancer patients based on analysis of their genes, the company will announce Thursday.