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Multicore Processors: A Necessity
(Released September 2008)

  by Bryan Schauer  


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  1. US computer chip maker Intel's Japanese subsidiary President Kazumasa Yoshida unveils the new processor "Core 2 Duo" for notebook PC's and "Core 2 Extreme" for desktop PC in Tokyo 27 July 2006. The new processor, using the 65nm processing technology, is 40 percent faster than the previous model and has 40 percent lower electric power consumption. Intel will start shipping from August.

    Agence France Presse 07-27-2006
  2. SAN FRANCISCO - JUNE 6: Apple CEO Steve Jobs opens the Apple Worldwide Developers conference with his keynote speech while using a computer with an Intel processing chip on a Mac G5 June 6, 2005 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, California. In the presentation Jobs announced that Apple will be switching from IBM to Intel for it's processing chip.

    Steve Jobs Opens Apple Worldwide Developers Conference
    David Paul Morris, Getty Images 06-06-2005
  3. 10 IBM Breakthroughs in 10 Years -- Beginning with the use of copper for chip wiring, IBM has announced 10 semiconductor innovations over the course of 10 years that have enabled computers and many other kinds of electronic devices to become smaller, less expensive, more powerful, and more energy efficient. IBM today announced it has harnessed the natural tendency of materials to form patterns to create a vacuum between the miles of wires inside chips. This provides better insulation speeding performance and reducing power consumption.

    Made in IBM Labs: 10 Chip Breakthroughs in 10 Years
    Market Wire 05-03-2007
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  1. The data flow for distributed searches on the computer cluster is illustrated in this diagram. Database sequences are loaded directly from a file server into memory on each node. The query sequence and the search parameters are transferred from the user, via the web server and queuing system to the nodes. Search results from each node are collected by the first node which then generates the final output that is presented to the user.

    PARALIGN: rapid and sensitive sequence similarity searches powered by parallel computing technology
    Saeboe, Per Eystein; Andersen, Sten Morten; Myrseth, Jon; Laerdahl, Jon K.; Rognes, Torbjoern, Nucleic Acids Research, Vol. 33, No. Web Server issue, pp. W535-W539. Jul 2005.
  2. Schematic view of ParPEST pipeline. EST sequences in GenBank or FASTA format can be submitted to the pipeline. ParPEST performs automatically the consecutive processes (ESTS cleaning, clustering, assembling and BLAST comparisons) as represented by blank arrows (?). Data flow is represented by simple arrows (?). Databases supporting the analysis are included. The results are adequately reported and organized into a MySQL relational database indicated too. As reported, the database can be queried by SQL calls and is accessible to users by web based intuitive interfaces.

    ParPEST: a pipeline for EST data analysis based on parallel computing
    D'Agostino, Nunzio; Aversano, Mario; Chiusano, Maria Luisa, BMC Bioinformatics, Vol. 6, No. Suppl 4, pp. S9-S9. 2005.
  3. Speedup in different number of processors.

    Zheng, Weimin; Shu, Jiwu; Gu, Yonggen; Deng, Xiaotie, International Journal of Information Technology and Decision Making, Vol. 3, No. 4, pp. 575-581. 2004.
Tables taken from ProQuest's Illustrata