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Cutting-edge sequencing systems produce data at a prodigious rate; and the analysis of these datasets requires significant computing resources. Cloud computing provides a tantalizing possibility for on-demand access to computing resources. However, many open questions remain. We present here a performance assessment of BLAST on real metagenomics data in a cloud setting in order to determine the viability of this approach. BLAST is one of the premier applications in bioinformatics and computational biology and is assumed to consume the vast majority of resources in that area.
Date of Conference: Aug. 31 2009-Sept. 4 2009