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Unisys allies with biotech to boost sales

Unisys, a second-tier server maker, has joined a San Francisco Bay Area consortium of biotechnology companies in an effort to spur sales of its Intel-based server line, the Blue Bell, Pa.-based company said Thursday. The company hopes to learn about computing needs from the group's membership, which includes more than 820 companies, 12 research institutes and nine universities, and to encourage customers to buy its ES7000 server line, Unisys said.

Two customers using the ES7000 line for high-performance computing research are the University of Minnesota, using two 32-processor machines for work in biology, chemistry, geophysics and fluid dynamics, and the Cornell Theory Center, which has a single machine for general research.