NEW YORK, May 14 - The Virginia Bioinformatics Institute has installed TimeLogic's DeCypher system, the company and institute said today.
The system is the largest academic installation in the world, according to TimeLogic, of Crystal Bay, Nev. It runs on the Institute's Sun Fire 15K server. Institute scientists said the new system allows them to dramatically increase the speed at which they perform whole genome comparisons.
"The DeCypher system recently completed a BLASTN analysis of bacterial genomes [333,269 nucleic query sequences vs. 191 complete bacterial genomes] at approximately the speed of a 100 CPU server farm," said Allan Dickerman, Research Assistant Professor at VBI, in a statement.
DeCypher accelerates the Smith-Waterman and Framesearch algorithms by running them through reprogrammable processors.
VBI is using bioinformatics to better understand host-pathogen-environment interactions. For more information, go to www.vbi.vt.edu.