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Sun Forms Computational Biology Special Interest Group For the Academic Community

By ServerWatch Staff (Send Email)
Posted Mar 26, 2001


PRESS RELEASE -- Sun's Global Education and Research Group today announced the formation of a new Special Interest Group in Computational Biology for all Sun's education and research customers. The CB-SIG aims to keep this academic community up-to-date with relevant Sun technology and open standards initiatives, to provide support for the user community and a forum to discuss recent scientific developments. Sun's Global Education and Research Group today announced the formation of a new Special Interest Group in Computational Biology for all Sun's education and research customers. The CB-SIG aims to keep this academic community up-to-date with relevant Sun technology and open standards initiatives, to provide support for the user community and a forum to discuss recent scientific developments.

Computational Biology is a progressive segment comprised of Bioinformatics, Macromolecular Structure, BioSimulation/BioNetworks, Bioengineering and the interface with Medical Informatics. The CB-SIG will be led by a steering committee of principals from the relevant Global Education and Research Group's Centers of Excellence, as well as Sun Program managers. Sun Centers of Excellence are carefully selected academic and non-profit organizations that act as incubators for Sun technology and provide state-of-the art algorithms, databases and/or technology of interest to the Computational Biology community.

To date, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute, and the Beijing Genomics Institute have been named Sun Centers of Excellence in Bioinformatics, with several more to follow in the next few months.

"The Virginia Bioinformatics Institute (VBI) is pleased with the opportunity to participate in the Sun CB-SIG and providing its perspective from the context of biochemical modeling and simulation as well as problem-solving environments in bioinformatics, both areas supported by Sun at VBI and Virginia Tech," said Bruno Sobral, Director of Virginia Bioinformatics Institute.

"We are very excited to offer Sun's education and research customers a CB-SIG, which will give them the opportunity to discuss all aspects of Computational Biology. In addition, the CB-SIG will collaborate with Sun's Informatics Advisory Council and will promulgate the use of standards by the community," stated Dr. Stefan Unger, Business Development Manager, Computational Biology for Sun Microsystems.

The first meeting of the CB-SIG will occur at the HPC Consortium meeting in Heidelberg, Germany, June 19, 2001 (www.sun-registration.com/hpc). Sun education and research customers may register for the CB-SIG by sending email to compbio-sig-info@sun.com. The URL www.sun.com/edu/hpc/compbio-sig has also been established.

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