Case Studies
Van Andel Institute
The Van Andel Institute (VAI), based in Grand Rapids, Mich., is a nonprofit biomedical research and science education organization that is dedicated to determining the epigenetic, genetic, molecular and cellular origins of cancer, Parkinson’s and other diseases and translating those findings into effective therapies.


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Dordt College
Dordt College of Des Moines, IA, is experiencing massive growth in its IT infrastructure as the university transforms with the ever growing tidal wave of data across STEM disciplines both internally, and in conjunction with Hope College, a sister school for research initiatives based in Grand Rapids, MI.


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City College New York
Located in the heart of Harlem in New York City, City College of New York (CCNY) is the City University of New York’s (CUNY) flagship science campus and research institution. Like many small colleges, CCNY’s IT infrastructure had become stressed over recent years as a result of growing scientific research and computing demands


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eFolder
eFolder was founded in 2002 on the premise that data protection was not what it could be; backing up and restoring data should be secure and easy. Since its initial launch, the company has grown considerably and was recently named one of CRN’s 20 Coolest Cloud Storage Vendors of 2015 CRN’s and one of CRN’s 100 Coolest Cloud Computing Vendors of 2015.


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Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
As the Director of Scientific Computing for the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, Dirk Petersen’s internal IT organization stores and catalogues large amounts of unstructured and genomic data, all of which is critical to the organization and its many constituents.


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Avadyne Health
As the IT Director for Avadyne Health, Rob Ayer’s main job function is to maintain his company’s system reliability to prevent system downtime, and to make system upgrades that don’t disrupt the course of daily business. Yet, the challenges his IT department faces from a technology perspective don’t stop there.


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NYU Center for Health Informatics and Bioinformatics
The NYU Center for Health Informatics and Bioinformatics’ (CHIBI’s) high-performance computer was destroyed by flooding during Hurricane Sandy. Fortunately,the laboratory’s director was able to unrack the data storage hard drives and rescue them from the advancing flood waters.


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Research Cluster Grant Recipient: Wayne State University
Wayne State University, located in downtown Detroit, is one of the nation’s 50 largest public universities, with nearly 30,000 students. Thirteen colleges and schools offer more than 370 undergraduate, graduate, post-graduate and specialist academic programs. WSU’s School of Medicine is the nation’s largest single-campus medical school.


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SLU, Research Cluster Grant Update
We recently checked in with Saint Louis University (SLU), of St. Louis, Missouri, to see how their research efforts were advanced by the complete high-performance computing (HPC) cluster awarded by Silicon Mechanics as part of our Research Cluster Grant program.


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Research Cluster Grant Winner: Saint Louis University
Most researchers would agree that research ideas are abundant and compute resources are always too scarce. At Saint Louis University (SLU), of St. Louis, Missouri, this bane of academic life is being addressed with the assistance of a complete high-performance computing (HPC)cluster, awarded as part of a highly competitive research grant program.


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