SGI previewed its SGI GenomeCluster platform at the LinuxWorld Conference and Expo in New York last week. It will be targeted for the SGI 1100, a single-unit 1.75 inch high-density server, which was also launched at LinuxWorld.

GenomeCluster comes preconfigured with 32, 46, or 128 Intel Pentium III processors and custom configurations are also available. It contains an accelerated Blast algorithm, called CT-Blast (cluster-throughput Blast), which has been optimized for Linux clusters.

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