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Mitrionics Demonstrates 60x Faster NCBI BLAST and Acceleration Technologies at International Supercomputing Conference (ISC07)


Mitrionics™, Inc., developer of the Mitrion™ Software Acceleration Platform and the Mitrion Virtual Processor, will, together with SGI®, developer of the SGI® RASC™ RC100 and SGI BLAST accelerator, be demonstrating its latest FPGA Supercomputing technologies at the International Supercomputing Conference this June 26-29, 2007 in Dresden, Germany. Located in booth number B-33, Mitrionics will be featuring its Mitrion Development Platform for accelerated applications, the Mitrion Virtual Processor, and the recently released Mitrion-accelerated NCBI BLAST-n bioinformatics application. Leveraging powerful and energy-efficient FPGAs from Xilinx, the ultra-fast memory subsystem in SGI® Altix® servers and the Mitrion Virtual Process, the latest version of Mitrion Accelerated NCBI BLAST is able to run 60 times faster in sustained operation on one FPGA as compared to running on one core of a 2.8GHz Dual Core AMD Opteron Processor 8220 SE.1

“We are excited to share our progress in FPGA acceleration of real world applications with this year’s attendees as well as our associates in the industry,” stated Anders Dellson, CEO of Mitrionics, Inc. “We now have a number of customers, such as U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, National Cancer Institute, and University of Arizona, running supercomputing applications developed and accelerated by Mitrionics. The Mitrion-accelerated BLAST has created very strong customer interest, and we will continue to evolve our technology leadership in FPGA Supercomputing by expanding the Mitrion platform and bringing more Mitrion-accelerated applications to the market.”

“The results achievable with Mitrionics´ running on the SGI RC100 are exceptional,” said Michael Brown, SGI sciences segment manager. “With the SGI RASC Appliance for Bioinformatics, we are achieving the industry´s fastest performance on BLAST-n while only having to change roughly 1,200 lines of C. This brings breakthrough levels of performance within reach of application developers in many disciplines. ”

The SGI RASC Appliance for Bioinformatics Featuring the Mitrion Accelerated BLAST-n is far more cost- and energy- efficient than traditional rack server deployments, because it relies on FPGA technology for the bulk of BLAST-n query processing. In fact, the SGI RASC Appliance for Bioinformatics consumes up to 90 percent less power than an Opteron- or Intel® Xeon® processor-based rack system. This equates to lower cost of ownership and longer asset life.

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