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

Francisco J. Esteban
Universidad de Córdoba
Spain

David Diaz
Universidad de Málaga
Spain

Pilar Hernández
CSIC- Instituto de Agricultura Sostenible
Spain

Juan A. Caballero
Universidad de Córdoba
Spain

Gabriel Dorado
Universidad de Córdoba
Spain

Sergio Gálvez
Universidad de Málaga
Spain

Abstract:
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.

 

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