GCG and Linux....

Nathan O. Siemers nathan at dnase.hpw.pri.bms.com
Fri Feb 11 14:39:36 EST 2000

There is a major issue here: the size of our available genetic
information.  Linux on Intel architectures is currently 32 bit - this
will not change until merced PCs running linux are available.  Some of
the fasta files we produce as dumps of GCG now exceed a 2GB filesize
by a significant margin.  No matter how nice the VA box, they cannot
address this issue.  I presume the same holds for solaris/intel -
correct me if I am mistaken.

I am a strong linux advocate (we have dozens of boxes here, and two
clusters), but perhaps a 32 bit linux port of GCG is not the way to

Just my $0.02 (speaking for myself, not GCG).


Greg <jquinn at shell7.ba.best.com> writes:

> [I posted this a few days ago from a local net site, 
> but I couldn't see it showing up, so here goes again...
> apologies if it did go through and this is a second post]
> Sorry for opening this old chestnut, but from my perspective it's now
> becoming extremely relevant. A lot of the servers and databases I
> administrate are now almost exclusively coming online on Linux boxes;
> these aren't necessarily just old PC's, but dedicated multiprocessor
> jobs, for example from VA Research, costing several thousand dollars, but
> more cost-effective than a sparc box.
> Has anyone had any indication from GCG that they intend to distribute the
> next version in Linux binary form? It really isn't clear to me why this
> is not already an option. Presumably compiling the code on Linux is no
> more of a problem than for (example) sparc solaris (BTW is there a version
> of GCG for intel Solaris?). I've now started to set up a lot of jobs
> using EMBOSS rather than GCG because I can get the Linux binaries with
> access to appropriate databases.
> I guess this is more of a gripe than a question because unfortunately I
> suspect I already know the answer.
> G.

N a t h a n   O .  S i e m e r s
Division of Applied Genomics
Bristol-Myers Squibb Pharmaceutical Research Institute
Hopewell Building 3B, P.O. Box 5400, Princeton, NJ 08543-5400
609 818-6568
siemersn at bms.com

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