Gene research may seem like a long leap from network performance management, but startup system vendor Peribit has made the connection.Using technology originally developed to help find patterns in near infinite strings of DNA data, the Santa Clara, Calif.-based company has produced a network compression product that can identify repetitions in network data streams on-the-fly. The system then catalogs these repetitions, letting the network send tiny representations of the data instead of the entire stream.The system is similar to other data compression technologies that have existed for years in such archiving standards as .ZIP. Where Peribit\u2019s Molecular Sequence Reduction (MSR) technology differs is in its speed. The company\u2019s first product, the SR-50 (starting price $20,000 each?two are required, at minimum) can monitor as much as 45Mbps of data traffic, searching for patterns of any length, from bytes to megabytes.Peribit claims IP traffic reduction of as much as 90 percent, depending on the type of data traveling over the network. The company also says that most installations take less than 10 minutes. For more information, visit www.peribit.com or call 408 328-6000.