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MILAN, Italy -- October 23, 2009 -- Sun Microsystems, Inc. today announced that CASPUR, a non-profit, consortium of Italian universities focused on scientific supercomputing and innovative technologies, has subscribed to Sun's MySQL Enterprise™ database service.
The Rome-based CASPUR (www.caspur.it) consortium has approximately 120 members, counting employees and scientific advisors. It employs a cutting-edge technical infrastructure and specialized applications, making it the most important supercomputing centre in Central-Southern Italy.
CASPUR wanted to provide its users with a system of high-performance and highly reliabile services for accessing biological databases in the sectors of genomics, proteomics, microarrays and next-generation sequencing. The new structure will allow the researchers to have better access to scientific applications and data via an extremely efficient and scalable integrated system – all based on Web services, which also allow remote access.
CASPUR selected MySQL™ because it is a top database choice for the Bioinformatics industry, preferred by both application developers and the computational biology research community, thanks to its simplicity and high-performance. To better manage their use of the open source database, CASPUR employs a MySQL Enterprise subscription that allows them to monitor application reliability -- and improve query performance through the service's MySQL Query Analyzer. The proven solution allows efficient scalability from two to ten master servers, and from ten to 100 back-end slaves, which provide front-end Web services, able to manage the dataflow from a supercomputing system based on a 2048 core cluster system.
"CASPUR relies on MySQL Enterprise because it perfectly matches our supercomputing application," said Nico Sanna, Senior Technology Manager Divisione HPC Chimica e Biologia Computazionale Consorzio CASPUR. "MySQL Enterprise's advanced Query Analyzer allows more effective monitoring and optimization of our database queries."More information on MySQL Enterprise -– including free trial subscriptions -– is available at http://www.mysql.com/enterprise.
MySQL is the most popular open source database software in the world. Many of the world's largest and fastest-growing organizations use MySQL to save time and money powering their high-volume Web sites, critical business systems, communications networks, and commercial software. At http://www.mysql.com, Sun provides corporate users with premium subscriptions and services, and actively supports the large MySQL open source developer community.
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