Silicon Graphics to release free bioinformatics software optimized for Origin servers

Mountain View 12 February 1999 Silicon Graphics, Inc. has released two innovative bioinformatics software programmes. Both Parallel CLUSTAL W and High-Throughput (HT) BLAST are intended for the chemical and pharmaceutical industries and can be accessed via the World Wide Web.

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Silicon Graphics, Inc. has released two innovative bioinformatics software programmes. Both Parallel CLUSTAL W and High-Throughput (HT) BLAST are intended for the chemical and pharmaceutical industries and can be accessed via the World Wide Web.

The new software tools provide fast performance for demanding jobs in the bioinformatics area. HT-BLAST and CLUSTAL W are designed for Silicon Graphics Origin servers, which scale to 128 processors. HT-BLAST is able to accelerate the comparison of large numbers of sequences to multiple databases whereas Parallel CLUSTAL W software speeds the building of large multiple sequence alignments.

In order to download these programmes, you have to click your way to the following addresses:

  1. For Parallel CLUSTAL W:
    http://www.sgi.com/chembio/resources/clustalw/parallel_clustalw.html
  2. For HT-BLAST:
    http://www.sgi.com/chembio/resources/blast/ht-blast.html

Parallel CLUSTAL W has been conceived as a multiple sequence alignment programme for biological sequences and is maintained and developed by Julie Thompson and Tony Gibson, both attached to the European Molecular Biology Laboratory, and by Des Higgins from the University of County Cork.

Silicon Graphics HT-BLAST supports all versions of BLAST software designed and distributed by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI). This programme also supports the BLAST software Version 1.4 developed by Warren Gish of Washington University.


Leslie Versweyveld

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