FASTA version 3.0t6 (threaded) available

Tim Cutts tjrc1 at mole.bio.cam.ac.uk
Sun Aug 25 08:33:58 EST 1996

In article <kjenkwd1mb.fsf at alpha0.bioch.Virginia.EDU>,
William R. Pearson <wrp at alpha0.bioch.virginia.edu> wrote:
>This version correctly threads on multiprocessors Solaris2.5.1 (a
>change between Solaris2.4 and 2.5.1 apparently caused the program not
>use more than 50% of the processors - this has been fixed).

Isn't that a good thing though?  On a multi-user machine, you don't
want a single process to just grab every single processor without any
regard to interactive performance.  We have had several problems on
our site with FASTA destroying interactive performance on our main
machine, which also has to function as a mail host for 1500 people.

It seems that under IRIX 5 at least, fasta has a tendency to grab 80%
CPU even when niced as much as possible, which is just terrible.


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