Journal of Applied Science and Engineering

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Shih-Nung Chen This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.1 and Chih-Wei Huang1

1Department of Computer Science and Information Engineering, Asia University, Taichung, Taiwan 413, R.O.C.


Received: July 12, 2005
Accepted: September 30, 2005
Publication Date: June 1, 2006

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Since bioinformatic problems involve massive computing and data, distributed computing is gaining recognition as a platform for solving such problems. The task originally needing high computing power does not only rely on supercomputers. Distributed computing using off-the-shelf PCs with high speed networks can offer low-cost and high-performance computing power to handle the task. Therefore, this study implements a complete distributed computing platform based on peerto-peer file sharing technology. The platform includes functions such as scheduling, load balancing, file sharing, maintenance of data integrity and a user-friendly interface. The proposed platform can help bioinformaticists in massive computing and data problems, and is easier to use, more reliable and more helpful than other platforms for conducting bioinformatics research.

Keywords: Distributed Computing, Bioinformatics, Peer-to-peer File Sharing, Grid Computing


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