Keane, Thomas M. and Page, Andrew J. and McInerney, James O. and Naughton, Thomas J.
A high-throughput bioinformatics distributed computing platform.
In the past number of years the demand for high performance computing has greatly
increased in the area of bioinformatics. The huge increase in size of many genomic
databases has meant that many common tasks in bioinformatics are not possible to complete
in a reasonable amount of time on a single processor. Recently distributed computing has
emerged as an inexpensive alternative to dedicated parallel computing. We have developed a
general-purpose distributed computing platform that is capable of using semi-idle computing
resources to simulate a dedicated computing cluster. We have identified the suitability of a
number of bioinformatics tasks to distributed computing. We briefly outline and evaluate two
distributed bioinformatics programs, DSEARCH and DPRml, which have been developed for
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