Fixstars Solutions Adopts Microsoft Azure to Boost Life Science Application Performance

Sunnyvale, CA — August 12th, 2014 — Fixstars Solutions Inc. today announced that it has adopted Microsoft Azure to help boost the performance of its life science application. The importance of computer simulation and analysis in life science field is growing, and some life science applications, such as Molecular Dynamic Simulation and DNA sequencing, consume a vast amount of computing resources. Building a private cluster server system only for these compute intensive applications can be complex and costly. Fixstars Solutions developed a computing platform for life science applications on Microsoft Azure, designed to provide an elastic and high performance cluster server system.

Fixstars Solutions has extensive knowledge of parallel processing technology, with a track record of numerous successful projects with hyper-scale cluster server systems. For the US Air Force Research Lab, Fixstars Solutions developed a simulation and video processing system made up of 2,016 SONY PS3® nodes. Recently, Fixstars and Mizuho Securities succeeded in accelerating derivative valuation system by 30-folds with Intel Xeon Phi® Coprocessors.

Fixstars Solutions worked closely with Microsoft to efficiently port a life science application to Microsoft Azure in three weeks. The nature of the target application is compute-intensive, and requires about 1000 CPU cores. After some initial benchmarking, it was found that the Microsoft Azure A8/A9 instances, which are optimized for high performance computing (HPC) applications, out-performed the competing cloud services, which lead to the decision to utilize Microsoft Azure. As a result of Microsoft Azure’s HPC capabilities, Fixstars Solutions was able to achieve a performance boost of more than 4-folds when compared to the software working originally on the private cluster server system.

“I am pleased to work with Microsoft to bring solutions to market that we believe will advance the life sciences field.” said Akihiro Asahara, CEO of Fixstars Solutions. “Using Microsoft Azure’s new compute intensive instances, A8 and A9, we can use a high performance cluster server system having over 1000 CPU cores available at all times.”

“The flexibility, speed and cost-saving of cloud computing has the power to accelerate crucial research in the life sciences field,” said Venkat Gattamneni, Senior Product Marketing Manager, Cloud and Enterprise, Microsoft. “We look forward to continued work with Fixstars Solutions to boost the performance of life sciences applications using the Microsoft Azure platform.”

Fixstars Solutions will release solutions built on Microsoft Azure, and provide technical service and consulting for clients using Microsoft Azure. Not only will Fixstars aid in porting to Microsoft Azure to achieve speed-up from parallel processing, but will also aid in enhancing system availability and reducing operation costs by using Azure’s management functions made available through Microsoft Azure SDK and command-line tools.

 

About Fixstars Solutions

Fixstars Solutions is a software company devoted to “Speed up your Business”. Through its software parallelization/optimization expertise, its highly effective use of multi-core processors, and application acceleration for the next generation of memory technology that delivers high speed IO as well as power savings, Fixstars Solutions provides “Green IT,” while accelerating customers’ business in various fields. Learn more about how Fixstars Solutions can accelerate your business in life science, manufacturing, finance, and media & entertainment.
For more information, visit www.fixstars.com.

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