We're planning to build a very powerful computing machine to serve bioinformatics application here at HCFMUSP (check my profile). I know that the common choice is to build a cluster or go cloud. But our adventurous spirit urges for some experimentation. We are somewhat envious of proprietary solutions using FPGA cards like these ones:
For the people who never heard of FPGA I do suggest to check out Wikipedia on these topics:
There are several possible implementations of important algorithms in bioinformatics in those plataforms. This is just one example:
Does anybody have some experience with these cards? Do they scale well? Are they worth the trouble?
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Finally, my server is online!!! For now it's just some Xeons with lots of RAM. But, in a near future some Tesla/Fermi will be added. Happy !!!