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[Computational-biology] Re: processor system

Kevin Karplus karplus at cheep.cse.ucsc.edu
Mon Apr 24 10:15:54 EST 2006

On 2006-04-23, Eric Lynum <elynum at cox.net> wrote:
> Hello, I was wondering who could anyone tell me the processor system that
> they use or is most commonly used for the Blast or any of bioinformatic
> algorithms?

Bioinformatics algorithms are run a variety of different machines.
Most popular are Linux boxes (with various Intel or AMD processors),
because they provide the cheapest compute power.  One also sees a lot
of Mac OS X boxes (G5 and G4, particularly G4 laptops) and occasional
Windows machines or Solaris machines.

Note: I have mentioned operating systems rather than processors,
because they have more effect on whether or not a particular
application can run.  

Almost all applications that have much penetration in the field run
under most versions of Unix and Linux, that being the closest thing
the field has to a vendor-independent system.

Kevin Karplus 	karplus at soe.ucsc.edu	http://www.soe.ucsc.edu/~karplus
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