Eugene, Oregon, March 17, 2004....The University of Oregon, Electrical
Geodesics, Inc. (EGI), and IBM today announced a new project that uses
Grid computing, Linux and IBM supercomputer technology to speed and
improve the diagnosis of brain conditions, including Epilepsy, stroke and
In 2003, Researchers at the University of Oregon Neuroinformatics Center
received a $1,000,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to build
an advanced Grid computing infrastructure to apply high-performance
computing to diagnosing and treating brain-related conditions.
Earlier this year, the university completed the ICONIC Grid installation
(Integrated Cognitive Neuroscience, Informatics, and Computation) which
features IBM eServer p690, eServer p655 servers and IBM Bladecenter J20
servers running Linux, WebSphere Application Server and the open source
The ICONIC Grid allows more rapid diagnosis of brain conditions by
harnessing the collective processing power of the school's computing
systems. In addition, the Grid offers the ability to better respond to
temporary spikes in demand for computing horsepower and helps university
researchers gain better access to and control over the large volume of
data generated during its
diagnostic imaging work.
EGI is a private medical device and imaging provider based in the
Research Park adjacent to the University of Oregon campus. EGI is working
with the Neuroinformatics Center to further study the commercial
possibilities for using Grid and Linux-based systems to speed and improve
brain wave monitoring at hospitals and research centers.
"With the multiple architectures provided by IBM's products, we can
conduct research on ways of optimizing the medical informatics demands for
high performance computing," said Neuroinformatics Center Director Dr.
Allen Malony. "At the same time, we can evaluate all of these
architectures running the Linux operating system, simplifying our system
administration and improving our reliability."
"Grid computing technology from IBM will play an important role in helping
EGI provide doctors and researchers with on demand access to critical
patient data," said Dr. Donald Tucker, CEO, Electrical Geodesics, Inc. "We
believe Grid computing not only brings performance capacity, but allows
the patient security and accountability required for critical medical
IBM is the world's largest information technology company, with 80 years
in helping businesses innovate. For more information about IBM's Grid
computing business, visit http://www.ibm.com/grid . IBM
provides technology and Grid computing consulting expertise to 80 of the
world's largest and most influential government and public institutions
and more than 50 of the world's most prestigious universities and academic