Accelerators Offer Supercomputing for Bioinformatics on a Budget | GenomeWeb

While Celera, Compaq, and Sandia embark on building a 100 teraflop supercomputer, vendors at the other end of the supercomputing spectrum tout the advantages of hardware accelerators as a cost-effective alternative to pricey compute farms.

“Bioinformatics is a budget-limited process. It’s not a CPU-limited process,” said Jim Lindelien, CEO of TimeLogic. He said that accelerators such as Time-Logic’s DeCypher and Paracel’s newly released GeneMatcher 2 offer far better price/performance ratios than massively parallel general-purpose systems.

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