Supercomputing with Toys: Harnessing the Power of NVIDIA 8800GTX and Playstation 3 for Bioinformatics Problem

Justin Wilson, Manhong Dai, Elvis Jakupovic, Stanley Watson, Fan Meng*

Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience Institute and Department of Psychiatry, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 48109, USA.

Proc LSS Comput Syst Bioinform Conf. August, 2007. Vol. 6, p. 387-390. Full-Text PDF

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Modern video cards and game consoles typically have much better performance to price ratios than that of general purpose CPUs. The parallel processing capabilities of game hardware are well-suited for high throughput biomedical data analysis. Our initial results suggest that game hardware is a cost-effective platform for some computationally demanding bioinformatics problems.

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