May 13, 2016

Mainline Information Systems and IBM Provide POWER8 System to Auburn University’s Cyber Research Center

New Platform Will Advance Cybersecurity Studies Through Cognitive Computing and Deep Analytics

TALLAHASSEE, FL, USA – May 13, 2016 – Mainline has partnered with IBM to furnish Auburn University with a state-of-the art IBM POWER8 platform to escalate Auburn’s cyber research initiatives. The advanced processor and accelerator capabilities of IBM’s POWER8 system and the POWER8 Linux Server provided by Mainline will support big data and analytics activities necessary to bring Auburn’s cyber research initiatives to the next level.

The Auburn Cyber Research Center integrates cutting-edge engineering technology with research to develop innovative methods of protecting the nation’s cyber security through cyber research, development, education, policy and practice. This announcement comes on the heels of Auburn’s February 2016 unveiling of a $1 million supercomputer, and represents another step forward in Auburn’s new technology acquisition plan to fuel research.

Mainline is among the IBM Power Systems Specialty Elite, with 65 certified resources and over 8,000 Power Systems installed. Mainline’s knowledge of the Linux on Power architecture and expertise installing IBM solutions will assist Auburn as they adopt the new technology to further their research.

“Many of our research projects require terabytes of data,” said John Liu, Auburn University associate provost and associate vice president for research. “The higher level of capability and capacity allows us to be very competitive in the era of Big Data as we analyze large amounts of information.”

“The Auburn Cyber Research Center and Auburn Cyber Initiative are joint efforts to advance cyber, critical infrastructure protection, security and forensics across the Auburn campus. There are a significant number of students involved in cyber R&D, and classes offered in the Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering are educating the next generation of cyber workforce for the state, region and nation,” shared Retired Lt. Gen. Ronald L. Burgess, Auburn’s senior counsel for national security programs, cyber programs and military affairs.

“We are honored to support the contributions of Auburn University to our nation’s cyber security,” said John McCarthy, President and COO of Mainline Information Systems. “This partnership between Mainline and IBM, recognized leaders in cyber security and analytics technology, and the esteemed Auburn University Cyber Research Center will contribute to the education of those responsible for architecting cyber security measures that will protect U.S. citizens in the future.”

About Mainline

Mainline Information Systems is a Tallahassee-based information technology and consulting firm that designs software and supports IT solutions for businesses throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, and Brazil. Founded in Tallahassee in 1989, Mainline has grown to over 550 employees nationwide and received multiple industry accolades, including IBM Innovation and Leadership Awards, VMware Global Desktop Virtualization Partner of the Year, Red Hat’s North America Partner of the Year, and the HP Virtualization Elite partner designation. The company may be reached by phone at 850.219.5000 and on the Internet at

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