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The Register: Los Alamos Lends Open Source Hand to Life Sciences

Jul 01, 2003, 08:00 (7 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Ashlee Vance)

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

"Three scientists have tried their hand at improving the popular BLAST (Basic Local Alignment Search Tool) search algorithms. 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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