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Volume 8, Issue 1

President’s Column

2005 Membership Registration
Don’t Delay!

ISMB 2005
Bound To Be the Best Yet

SIG Meetings
Kick-Off ISMB 2005

ISCB Thanks Sun
for Continued Support


Calling All Leaders!

PLoS Computational Biology
Exciting Open Access Journal

Student Council
Announcements & Updates

Travel Fellowships Offered
Deadlines Approaching Fast

Public Affairs

Immigration Workshop
April 16, 2005 in San Diego

RECOMB 2005 Highlights

ECCB 2005

SCCB Computational Biology
Hebrew University of Jerusalem

News from the Field

Events & Opportunities


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International Society for Computational Biology.
All rights reserved.

Sun Microsystems Supporting ISCB Conferences
for the Long Term

Sun Microsystems has been a key technology provider to the life sciences industry for more than a decade. Our strategy is three-prong:

a) support for, and contribution to, both standards and open-source efforts;

b) innovative technology, pricing models and customer-driven solutions derived by the combination of Sun’s hardware and software with that of our partners;

c) building communities of interest to provide forums for the advancement of science.
We have donated more than $100 million in hardware grants through our Academic Excellence Grant program and continue to make substantial awards each quarter. To this end, we are very proud to support the ISCB by contributing to regional ISCB meetings as well as sponsoring ISMB at the Platinum Level for the 6th year in a row.

In a recent move to demonstrate our ongoing and unyielding support of open-source, we donated the world’s most trusted, robust and scalable operating system, Solaris™, and continue to make large contributions to the Java™ and Sun Grid Engine code-base. Few are aware that we are the second largest contributor of Linux code, behind only University of California Berkeley. Sun has supported standards groups such as the Java Community Process, W3C, OMG-LSR, Open-bio.org, MGED, the BioPathways Consortium, HL7, and many more.

Our pricing models (eg/ Utility Computing for pay-per-use) are as innovative as our technology itself. Over the past two years, Sun has been offering customers the choice of Solaris, Linux or even Windows™ and 32- or 64-bit microprocessors. Our Sun-AMD Opteron™ servers have set numerous records for price and performance. New server architectures based on chip multi-threading and dual-cores are in development now with Fujitsu, as well as AMD. Look for an even more expansive product line by 2006.

Sun has hundreds of life science software vendor partners and 19 academic Centers of Excellence (COE) around the globe. A Sun COE is a formalized, relationship between ourselves, an educational or research institution or consortium, and a third party, to pursue and share research of strategic importance to Sun and the community. Sun, however, takes no intellectual property from the COE. Sun's Computational Biology Special Interest Group (Sun CB-SIG) is a forum for information dissemination, sharing of best practices and collaboration.

Finally, Sun offers excellent engineering support and dedicated annual programs, including Tunathon, which was established five years ago to tune source code to improve performance. Modified code is then posted on the public domain (eg/ BLAST, HMMER), or incorporated into the next release of the application for a much-improved user experience (eg/ Accord by Accelrys, etc.). We invite you to contact us at LifeSciences@Sun.com to learn more about our technology, partners, and programs or to make suggestions on how we can better meet your needs, or browse www.Sun.com/edu/commofinterest/compbio.

We are looking forward to another informative and enjoyable ISMB. See you in Detroit!