Linux and bioinformatics questions....

Piotr Kozbial piotrk at ibb.waw.pl
Sun Aug 15 11:09:05 EST 1999


> > >
> > >Can somone convince me that Linux must be the way to go for a UNIX
> > >PC box? Thanks for any advice.
> >

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http://www.newspage.com/cgi-bin/NA.GetStory?story=p0810081.004&date=19990811&Query=bioinformatics+OR+genomic

Incyte Pharmaceuticals: "The Linux OS is extremely important to
Incyte's ability to process huge amounts of data cost effectively,"
said Stuart Jackson, bioinformatics project manager at Incyte.
"Incyte has used a number of VA Linux System servers since 1998,
and it is VA's commitment to Linux that led to Incyte's decision to
select the company's products." 

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In the text above there is no information that Incyte runs Linux on PCs.
Huge databases (over ~5GB) run better on 64bit processors. I think that
you should consider the following options: 

a) Linux on Intel (32bit) - cost effective
b) Linux on Alfa (64bit)
c) Solaris on Sparc (64bit) - the best solution now

Best regards, 
Piotr

P.S. Forget about Solaris on Intel (32bit).




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