NEW YORK, Oct. 8 - Sun Microsystems’ ‘Tunathon’ program increased by an average of 75 percent the company’s performance on a number of applications, including gene sequencing and DNA comparison applications, Sun said on Monday. 

Peter Crosby, product line manager for Sun’s Forte Developer tools, told GenomeWeb that the Tunathon team achieved a speedup of 1.75X on a system running FastA and a speedup of 1.9X on a system running Blast.

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