Bioinformaticists looking to implement Blast or Smith-Waterman on a multiprocessor cluster have plenty of parallel packages to choose from, but when it comes to parallelizing custom applications, the only option is often just to rewrite the program from scratch.

Interactive Supercomputing is looking to change that through a software product called Star-P, which simplifies the process of porting desktop applications written in high-level languages like Matlab to compute clusters.

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