Dr. Saifur Rahman
Joseph Loring Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Director, Advanced Research Institute
The Advanced Research Institute (ARI) is a platform for multi-disciplinary research and one of more than 10 research institutes at Virginia Tech. The Institute hosts the Computational Bioinformatics and Bioimaging Laboratory (CBIL), where electrical and computer engineering researchers work with biologists and physicians to pursue scientific discoveries in the field of human disease.
CBIL is also a participant of the cancer Biomedical Informatics Grid, or caBIG (http://cabig.nci.nih.gov), which is a voluntary network or Grid connecting individuals and institutions to enable the sharing of data and tools, creating a World Wide Web of cancer research. The goal is to speed the delivery of innovative approaches for the prevention and treatment of cancer.
In this Podcast, Dr. Saifur Rahman, Director of the Advanced Research Institute, discusses the very impressive results his team has realized running a 16-node cluster with Microsoft Windows® Compute Cluster Server 2003.
Not only does the lab's new cluster provide the high-performance computing that drives this team's impressive research efforts, but has been key to new levels of productivity, enabling the researchers to reduce their job processing time by as much as 92%.
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