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Wednesday, July 02, 2003

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find related articles. powered by google. The Register Los Alamos lends open source hand to life sciences

"Researchers at Los Alamos National Labs have struck computing gold once again with an open source project that could benefit genetic research."

"The group decided to chop up a BLAST database and spread it across a number of servers instead of throwing lots of horsepower at a single data set. In so doing, the need to run I/O requests to disk was eliminated and the researchers saw huge, super-linear performance gains.

The experiment to put little bits of a database in memory instead of on disk proved a success and has since drawn considerable attention to mpiBLAST from pharmaceutical companies, researchers and even Microsoft."

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Bioinformatics will be at the core of biology in the 21st century. In fields ranging from structural biology to genomics to biomedical imaging, ready access to data and analytical tools are fundamentally changing the way investigators in the life sciences conduct research and approach problems. Complex, computationally intensive biological problems are now being addressed and promise to significantly advance our understanding of biology and medicine. No biological discipline will be unaffected by these technological breakthroughs.


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