Definitions for "SPARC"
Scalable Performance ARChitecture. A high performance reduced instruction set computer from Sun Microsystems. A number of GIS products now operate on SPARC workstations.
Scaleable Processor Architecture. A type of processor family that is used by Sun, SGI, and other companies.
High speed computer processor similar to RISC processors and currently used on SUN computers.
The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition, "an alliance of universities, research libraries, and organizations... helping to create systems that expand information dissemination and use in a networked digital environment while responding to the needs of academe." Works to develop and support open access or low-cost academic journals. UIUC is a member.
Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition – An alliance of academic and research libraries and organisations working to correct market dysfunctions in the scholarly publishing system ( or
Sponsored Programs and Research Center. SPARC operates as an administrative unit under the Director of SPARC and the Dean of the Graduate School. This unit encourages efforts to obtain external support for research, scholarship and creative activities.
Abbreviation for secreted protein acidic and rich in cysteine. SPARC is a matricellular protein upregulated in aggressive cancers but absent in normal tissues. Albumin binds to SPARC both in vitro and in vivo. SPARC expression may play a role in increased tumor distribution and clinical effectiveness of albumin-bound paclitaxel in breast cancer.
an abstraction of the primary source or causal agent of any activity such as a process, thread, coroutine, actor, etc