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On Construction of Cluster and Grid Computing Platforms for Parallel Bioinformatics Applications

On Construction of Cluster and Grid Computing Platforms for Parallel Bioinformatics Applications
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Author(s): Chao-Tung Yang (Tunghai University, Taiwan) and Wen-Chung Shih (Asia University, Taiwan)
Copyright: 2011
Volume: 3
Issue: 1
Pages: 20
Source title: International Journal of Grid and High Performance Computing (IJGHPC)
Editor(s)-in-Chief: Emmanuel Udoh (Sullivan University, USA), Ching-Hsien Hsu (Asia University, Taiwan) and Mohammad Khan (East Tennessee State University, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/jghpc.2011010104

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Abstract

Biology databases are diverse and massive. As a result, researchers must compare each sequence with vast numbers of other sequences. Comparison, whether of structural features or protein sequences, is vital in bioinformatics. These activities require high-speed, high-performance computing power to search through and analyze large amounts of data and industrial-strength databases to perform a range of data-intensive computing functions. Grid computing and Cluster computing meet these requirements. Biological data exist in various web services that help biologists search for and extract useful information. The data formats produced are heterogeneous and powerful tools are needed to handle the complex and difficult task of integrating the data. This paper presents a review of the technologies and an approach to solve this problem using cluster and grid computing technologies. The authors implement an experimental distributed computing application for bioinformatics, consisting of basic high-performance computing environments (Grid and PC Cluster systems), multiple interfaces at user portals that provide useful graphical interfaces to enable biologists to benefit directly from the use of high-performance technology, and a translation tool for converting biology data into XML format.

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