MC64-Cluster: A Many-Core CPU Cluster for Bioinformatics Applications

  • Francisco J. Esteban
  • David Díaz
  • Pilar Hernández
  • Juan A. Caballero
  • Gabriel Dorado
  • Sergio Gálvez
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 206)


The current developments in life sciences face a big challenge, with the need of dealing with huge amounts of data and the increasing demand of computational resources, both in hardware and in software, pushing the limits of the available state-of-the-art at an affordable price. This paper introduces a computer cluster whose building blocks are the first commercially available many-core CPU systems: the Tile64 by Tilera Corporation, packed in PCIe cards (TILExpress-20G). We have developed the main software components of the cluster (resource manager and scheduler) and a communication library, in order to offer a high-performance general-purpose platform to speedup bioinformatics applications.


Parallel programming grid and cloud computing biotechnology genomics 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Francisco J. Esteban
    • 1
  • David Díaz
    • 2
  • Pilar Hernández
    • 3
  • Juan A. Caballero
    • 4
  • Gabriel Dorado
    • 5
  • Sergio Gálvez
    • 2
  1. 1.Servicio de InformáticaUniversidad de CórdobaCórdobaSpain
  2. 2.Dep. Lenguajes y Ciencias de la ComputaciónUniversidad de MálagaMálagaSpain
  3. 3.Instituto de Agricultura Sostenible (IAS – CSIC)CórdobaSpain
  4. 4.Dep. EstadísticaUniversidad de CórdobaCórdobaSpain
  5. 5.Dep. Bioquímica y Biología MolecularCampus de Excelencia Internacional Agroalimentario, Universidad de CórdobaCórdobaSpain

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