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SDSC Launches ‘Sherlock’ To Solve Complex National Challenges

Public Partnership Brings Together Academia, Industry, and Government

Published 08/19/2013

The San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California, San Diego, along with small business partners SD Technology and Chickasaw Nation Industries, have brought together their extensive portfolio of information technology services for healthcare and government under the ‘Sherlock’ brand in an effort to serve federal, state, and local governments as well as universities nationwide.

“We wanted to find a way to more clearly communicate our capabilities to potential partners, because we realize that the data management, technology, and policy challenges, especially in the health sector, can be overwhelmingly complex and confusing,” Dallas Thornton, Sherlock’s Director and SDSC’s Division Director for Health IT, said during the 29th Annual Conference of the National Association for Medicaid Program Integrity (NAMPI), held this week in Baltimore, MD. 

Articulating the overall problem-solving goal of the character as well as the initiative, the ‘Sherlock’ brand is accompanied by the tagline ‘Solved.’ “Although he’s a fictional character created by Scottish author/physician Sir Arthur Conan Doyle more than 100 years ago, Sherlock Holmes is still well-known worldwide, and among multiple generations, for his unerring ability to solve the most complex cases,” added Thornton. “That’s why we think this name is so appropriate for our initiative. In fact, one quote attributed to Sherlock Holmes could not be more applicable to today’s research-intensive world: ‘Data! Data! Data! I cannot make bricks without clay!’” 

The ‘Sherlock’ team’s portfolio of expertise spans many IT disciplines, including cloud computing, cyber security, data management and mining, application development, high-performance computing (HPC), big data, and visualization. These experts have developed and deployed specific services designed to provide a solid and secure foundation for a wide range of initiatives, including how Sherlock is taking on healthcare fraud.

Today, ‘Sherlock’ offers four major products: Sherlock Analytics, Sherlock Case Management, Sherlock Cloud, and Sherlock Data Lab. These products comply with HIPAA and FISMA regulations for dealing with sensitive data and are each described in detail at

‘Sherlock’s’ resources are physically located within the San Diego Supercomputer Center’s (SDSC) Data Center, and, where needed for redundancy, in a secure data center in Northern California. SDSC’s Data Center is staffed around the clock and protected with controlled access systems, backup power, advanced fire suppression systems, and other safety measures. Sherlock Cloud systems interconnect with a 10Gb/s (gigabits per second) network fabric within the SDSC Data Center, and wide-area networking utilizes more than 100Gb/s of high-bandwidth connections to the Internet and research networks such as Internet2, National Lambda Rail (NLR), and the Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California (CENIC). 

About SDSC
As an Organized Research Unit of UC San Diego, SDSC is a leader in data-intensive computing and cyberinfrastructure, providing resources, services, and expertise to the national research community, including industry and academia. Cyberinfrastructure refers to an accessible, integrated network of computer-based resources and expertise, focused on accelerating scientific inquiry and discovery. SDSC supports hundreds of multidisciplinary programs spanning a wide variety of domains, from earth sciences and biology to astrophysics, bioinformatics, and health IT. With its two newest supercomputer systems, Trestles and Gordon, SDSC is a partner in XSEDE (Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment), the most advanced collection of integrated digital resources and services in the world.

About CNI IT
Headquartered in Norman, OK, CNI Information Technology, LLC (CNI IT) provides information technology support including application development, enterprise database development and data management, enterprise IT process analysis and reengineering, document imaging, data integration, cyber security, help desk support, and IT certification and accreditation.  With over 18 years of government contracting experience, CNIIT offers strong performance, use of best practices, and innovative solutions to help projects succeed.

About SD Technology
Headquartered in San Diego, California, San Diego Technology, Inc. (SD Technology) is a HUBZone-certified, woman-owned (WO), service disabled veteran owned small business (SDVOSB) that provides expertise and solutions to government and prime government contractors in areas such as data mining, cybersecurity, cloud computing, informatics, high-performance computing, technology R&D, information technology, systems engineering, C4ISR, program management, and acquisition support. The company provides innovative solutions while helping the government and prime contractors meet their small business utilization goals.

Available for Comment:
Dallas Thornton, Sherlock Director
858-534-8364 or

Media Contacts:
Jan Zverina, SDSC Communications
858 534-5111 or

Warren R. Froelich, SDSC Communications
858 822-3622 or

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