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Thanks to AMD and Advanced HPC for our new cluster node

AMD has donated 4 12-core CPUs for a machine that was built by Advanced HPC that has been added to our cluster nodes. This 1U machine has singlehandedly doubled the number of processor cores available for our lab to do research.

We have done some benchmarking on these new processors comparing them to the Intel Xeon 6-cores that make up the rest of our computing power. Stay tuned for these results.

Genome of brown algae Ectocarpus sequenced.

Sequencing of the brown algae Ectocarpus siliculosus (Dillwyn) Lyngbye genome by Cock et. al. was published today in the journal Nature. Found in the rocky coastal environments, the brown algae possess a complex physiology and adaptation qualities. Of particular interest is the extended list of genes responsible for light harvesting and a new metabolic pathway on halide metabolism. In chemical terms 'halogen' is referred to ions such as fluorine, chlorine, iodine, or bromine.