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[Computational-biology] Re: processor system

elynum at cox.net elynum at cox.net
Mon Apr 24 14:39:20 EST 2006

Thank you so much for the information, I'm a student working on a project at GMU in Fairfax VA for a High performance computer.  Would there be any interest from bioinformatic companies in an inexpensive multiprocessor environment with a linux OS that would have a faster speed than desktops by using parallel processing?   
> From: Kevin Karplus <karplus at cheep.cse.ucsc.edu>
> Date: 2006/04/24 Mon AM 11:15:54 EDT
> To: bionet-biology-computational at magpie.bio.indiana.edu
> Subject: [Computational-biology] Re: processor system
> 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.
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