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Compugen of Tel Aviv, Israel, has launched its ProtoCall Web-based mass spectrometry protein identification software and has released version 2.0 of its Z3 2D-gel image analysis software.

ProtoCall uses proprietary algorithms to extract and analyze protein mass spectrometry data and then search relevant databases to provide information about the identity and characteristics of proteins. It is currently available at no cost at www.labonweb.com.

New features in Z3 2.0 include a multi-gel workflow for the simultaneous analysis of an entire gel experiment, connectivity to external excision robots, and a new spot detection system.

Heidelberg, Germany-based Lion Bioscience has released two new software packages: PiScout for visualization of protein interactions and PathScout for visualization of biological pathways. Both products are tightly integrated with each other and with Lion’s ArrayScout

Platform Computing has launched LSF ActiveCluster to take advantage of unused desktop cycles. When a PC is idle or underutilized, it contacts the LSF ActiveCluster server, which dispatches a suitable distributed computing job. Once the desktop completes the task, it returns results to the server and is assigned a new task.

Platform Computing, based in Markham, Ont., estimates that the computational power of most PCs is wasted approximately 90 percent of the time.

Linux Networx of Sandy, Utah, has released version 2.0 of its cluster management software ClusterWorx. ClusterWorx enables remote visual-based monitoring of groups of nodes or an entire cluster through a Java-based graphical user interface.

Other features include plug-in support for user-defined monitors and actions, a customizable event engine, and a three-tiered application backend for database, server, and client.

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