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PHASE: a distributed pharmaceutical application server

PHASE is a distributed pharmaceutical application server delivers the power of high-performance computing onto the desks of small and medium sized industrial companies. The technology developed in this project provides companies with an easy to handle access point to high-end supercomputers in service-centres all over Europe. PHASE offers the infrastructure to solve complex problems in drug target identification and modelling on the best available hardware and to pay only for that amount of computing power that has been used. The underlying system architecture of PHASE is mainly characterized by the collaboration of a set of distributed running servers. The user specifies job requirements (eg. expected response time , data requirements, costs, etc) and submits the job to an automated load-balancing scheme that distributes the parallel tasks to the best suited hardware platform. Main features of the system are its fault tolerance, its autonomy and its high-level security policy. PHASE initially focuses on the pharmaceutical sector, but the server software is easily extendible towards other application areas. The scope of the project also covers performance tuning and parallelization of these applications. The graphical user interface is based on latest Internet and Web technology. The PHASE user can easily request supercomputer resources via the Internet for compute-intensive production runs as well as in-house workstation clusters for the more sensitive data. PHASE has the potential to demonstrate the feasibility and cost-effectiveness of high-performance computing in key industrial applications in pharmaceutical drug design and beyond.


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