[Bioclusters] cluster hardware question

Kiran Jonnalagadda bioclusters@bioinformatics.org
16 Jan 2003 14:55:33 -0500

On Thu, 2003-01-16 at 23:26, Chris Dagdigian wrote:
> The biggest performance bottleneck in 'bioclusters' is usually disk I/O 
> throughput. Bio people tend to do lots of things that involve streaming 
> massive text and binary files through the CPU and RAM (think running a 
> blast search). The speed of your storage becomes the rate limiting 
> performance bottleneck. Often there will be terabytes of this sort of 
> data laying around so the "/data" volume is usually a NFS mount.


Thanks for all the information. We're building a cluster and this is a
great set of pointers for my team to look carefully at.

Kiran Jonnalagadda