[Bioclusters] cluster or SMP .. OR shared grid

don gilbert gilbertd at indiana.edu
Fri Sep 7 14:59:15 EDT 2007

People charged with bioinformatics infrastructure development should
include shared grid computing in this question of best compute resources
today.  While this may not be an option in Brazil, it is in the USA,
UK, Europe, and Asia-Pacific, where shared grid resources for life  
computing are now common, and in many cases begging for more users.

The idea of buying and building your own cluster or SMP system is
tempting to many of us, as it means hard equipment under our control.
It also means continuing chores in maintenance and upgrades and
administering those who want to use it, costs not always obvious.

The agencies supporting shared grid infrastructure see the benefits
of these common resources, and more of us in labs should spend
some time investigating grid use as a replacement for the in-lab
cluster computer systems.  For many bioinformatics applications,  
having several
of us work together to build software we all can use on grids will cut
much of our duplicated efforts.

For those of you who analyze genomes, please consider contributing to
this Generic Model Organism Database project for shared grid computing
of genome analyses (Blast, gene finding, phylogenetics, etc.)
with your comments, suggestions and codes.

- Don Gilbert

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