SGI Builds World’s Largest FPGA Supercomputer, Boosts Nucleotide Query Performance By More Than 900 Times Over 68-Node Cluster

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SUNNYVALE, Calif., Nov. 8 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — SGI (NASDAQ: SGIC) today announced it built the world’s largest Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) supercomputer configuration, then ran a broadly used bioinformatics application more than 900 times faster than the same application would run on a traditional cluster.
SGI’s reconfigurable supercomputer featured 70 FPGAs, more than any single system built to date. SGI’s FPGA supercomputer accelerated the performance of a complex BLAST-n query by more than 900 times, completing in less than 33 minutes what took a 68-node Opteron-based cluster approximately three weeks to finish. (1) The application matched 20 nucleotide base pairs against 600,000 queries.
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