February 1, 2005 (Vol. 25, No. 3)
Strong Points: Fast sequence snalysis
Weak Points: Sparse pickings
ParAlign and Smith-Waterman, hosted by the Center for Molecular Biology and Neuroscience (CMBN) at Rikshospitalet University Hospital in Oslo, Norway, provides the ParAlign sequence analysis tool. A note on the opening page indicates the analysis engine is powered by a 66 CPU cluster. Users can search amino acid and/or nucleotide sequences and a wide variety of databases are available. The site is a bit sparse in details. The About page claims they have the fastest implementation of Smith-Waterman searching available anywhere and that the process is patent pending. Besides this, there is little other general information available at the site, which is unfortunate, because I was left wondering more about the analyses provided.