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03/31/2007 - Institute for Systems Medicine Will Use VPnet

The Institute for Systems Medicine (ISM), located in the Sirti Technology Center, will have unrestricted access and use of the Virtual Possibilities Network (VPnet) for at least ten years. Avista Corp, which owns the network, will contribute a significant portion of VPnet to ISM to help them develop, expand, and contribute to the national biomedical infrastructure. This is a contribution of approximately $1.3 million. “Our contribution is a signal of unqualified commitment to the success of the Institute for Systems Medicine. The VPnet infrastructure will enable the kind of regional and global interactions that are the hallmark of successful biomedical research institutes,” says Scott Morris, president and chief operating officer of Avista.

VPnet is a regional initiative to provide, via a dark fiber communications infrastructure, a broadband gateway to the region’s high bandwidth optical network that includes links to the universities, research organizations, the Pacific Northwest Gigapop, and other educational networks. This infrastructure has capabilities to support the high bandwidth requirements of ISM’s projects and applications. “Many of the scientific programs that the Institute for Systems Medicine intends to undertake will require inter-institutional collaboration and significant computing power,” says Lewis Rumpler, chief operating officer of ISM. Currently, the linked organizations include one of the world’s most powerful supercomputers at PNNL (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in the Tri-Cities), as well as high-performance cluster computing configurations at Eastern Washington University and Washington State University.

ISM is a private medical research institute utilizing systems biology, genomics, computational biology and the medical and academic resources in eastern Washington to conduct basic research. This research will lead to new diagnostics and therapeutics improving patient care.

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