CDC Linux, CSIR In Bioinformatics Pact

Bangalore: | Updated: Apr 17 2002, 05:30am hrs
CDC Linux Pvt Ltd has entered into a partnership with the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) to set up a GNULinux-based super computing infrastructure for research organisations in the area of bio-informatics. The project comes under the programme of New Millennium Indian Technology Leadership Initiative (NMITLI). The partnership hopes to develop versatile portable software for bio-informatics on the GNU/Linux platform and establish cost-effective and scalable super computing infrastructure.

Addressing a press conference CDC Linux managing director BK Avasthi said, “As part of the project, CDC Linux would be collaborating with the Centre for Biochemical Technology (CBT) New Delhi on the development of software applications in the areas of comparative genomics and proteomics.” These applications would enhance India’s role in the area of new drug discovery, Mr Avasthi added.

“NMITLI is providing funding for such industry academia ventures and an investment of Rs 1 crore has been made in this project,” said CDC Linux director Rajeev Gowda. The company aims to be a central player in providing super computing infrastructure to bio-informatics companies.