SGI and Mitrionics this week launched a bioinformatics tool based on Field Programmable Gate Array technology and open source software. This product is designed to “break through query logjams” created by next-generation sequencing instruments and multiple-genome studies using NCBI BLAST-n.
The new SGI RASC appliance combines SGI’s reconfigurable application-specific computing technology, an accelerated version of Mitrionics’ BLAST-n software, and the SGI Altix server platform for bioinformatics.

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