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Swiss-Prot and Trembl, RLX Blast Cluster Solution


The Swiss-Prot team at the European Bioinformatics Institute has released the first draft of SP-ML, its new XML format for the Swiss-Prot and Trembl databases. The format is expected to aid developers who currently must create their own parsers and conversion tools.

Further information, examples, and downloads are available at


Blade server vendor RLX Technologies of The Woodlands, Texas, has released RLX Blast Cluster Solution, a platform that uses Platform Computing’s Clusterware to improve Blast processing in compute clusters. According to RLX, “plugging-in five, ten, or 24 RLX Blast ServerBlades into the RLX chassis creates a bioinformatics compute cluster,” which is then managed with RLX Control Tower 2 and Platform’s Clusterware software. Each RLX Blast Cluster Solution bundle consists of one RLX System 300ex, one RLX Control Tower Blade 2, five RLX Blast Cluster ServerBlades, and five RLX Control Tower 2 user licenses, priced up to $16,900. The RLX Blast Cluster ServerBlade is also individually priced up to $2,750.

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