University of Florida Selects ScaleMP for Biotechnology Research Center

Interdisciplinary Center for Biotechnology Research (ICBR) at the University of Florida Chooses vSMP Foundation for Single System Shared Memory Capabilities and Better Application Performance

Cupertino, Calif. – August 10, 2010 – ScaleMP™, a leading provider of virtualization solutions for high-end computing, today announced that the University of Florida’s (UF) Interdisciplinary Center for Biotechnology Research (ICBR), a world-class research support center that provides biotech research services to the UF community and its research partners, has deployed ScaleMP’s vSMP Foundation for SMP. With vSMP Foundation, the ICBR is able to harness existing infrastructure to continue to leverage both legacy and proprietary software packages, provide scientists and researchers the ability to submit larger interactive jobs to a virtual symmetric multiprocessing (SMP) system with large shared memory pools and increase application performance speeds – all at the same level of cost-effectiveness as the center’s previous open source virtualization deployments.

ICBR’s IT team supports research at UF and abroad in various biotechnology fields such as proteomics, genomics, bioinformatics and cellomics. ICBR needed to be able to run legacy software as well as proprietary software packages requiring large shared memory systems. Because of the high price point of traditional SMP systems, the team tried to find other ways to perform these jobs. They ended up stretching their virtual infrastructure to accommodate these large shared memory workloads, resulting in a loss of virtualization benefits. ICBR ultimately chose ScaleMP’s vSMP Foundation for SMP because it was the only solution that could take commodity hardware and aggregate it into one operating environment with a large amount of shared memory, while also allowing multiple threads in a process to address the entire shared memory pool – something other solutions could not offer. Additionally, ICBR liked that they were able to create a true virtual SMP for a single system image in which a user can do anything on that system image that can be done on a traditional Linux-based SMP.

“Many organizations have a sufficient amount of computational power and enough CPUs, but they are simply unable to leverage their existing infrastructure for larger compute intensive workloads,” said Shai Fultheim, founder and CEO of ScaleMP. “vSMP Foundation for SMP enables biotechnology organizations like ICBR to aggregate existing hardware and to create a virtual SMP for next generation sequence processing and other biotechnology computing needs that need large amounts of processing power as well as shared memory.”

About vSMP Foundation

vSMP Foundation aggregates multiple industry-standard off-the-shelf x86 servers into one single virtual high-end system. vSMP Foundation provides customers with an alternative to traditional expensive symmetrical multiprocessing (SMP) systems and also offers simplified clustering infrastructure with a single operating system. It supports aggregation of up to 128 servers into a single virtual SMP system, providing customers with:


  • Up to 64 TB of shared memory for large memory requirements
  • Up to 1,024 processors (8,192 cores) virtual SMP, proven scalability and record-breaking memory bandwidth
  • Ease of use and lowest total cost of ownership (TCO) for applications, with simplified cluster management and storage architecture
  • Improved cluster utilization by providing a centralized and consolidated architecture


About ScaleMP

ScaleMP is the leader in virtualization for high-end computing, providing maximum performance and lower total cost of ownership (TCO). The innovative Versatile SMP™ (vSMP) architecture aggregates multiple x86 systems into a single virtual x86 system, delivering an industry-standard, high-end symmetric multiprocessing (SMP) computer. Using software to replace custom hardware and components, ScaleMP offers a new, revolutionary computing paradigm. For more information, please call +1 (408) 342-0330 or visit

vSMP Foundation is a trademark or registered trademark of ScaleMP. All other brands or products are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders and should be treated as such.

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