TurboGenomics Releases TurboBLAST(R)

-- High-Performance Software Delivers Massive Acceleration

of the BLAST Algorithm for Genomics and Proteomics --



Apr 23, 2001, 01:00 ET from TurboGenomics Inc.

    NEW HAVEN, Conn., April 23 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ --
 TurboGenomics, the leader in high-performance bioinformatics software, today
 announced the release of the latest version of TurboBLAST, a revolutionary,
 cost-effective solution for improving research productivity and eliminating
 the computational bottleneck in BLAST, the most widely used algorithm in
 genomics and proteomics research.
     TurboBLAST is an accelerated, parallel implementation of BLAST, a sequence
 comparison tool that provides critical insight into the structure and function
 of genes and proteins.  As submissions to sequence databases increase
 exponentially with the completion of large-scale sequencing projects around
 the world, the demand for BLAST processing has outstripped the IT resources of
 genomics and proteomics labs.
     "TurboBLAST fundamentally changes the way scientists approach genomics
 research by enabling them to run large, comprehensive homology searches that
 would have been impractical and often impossible using normal BLAST," said
 Gregory E. Gardiner, Ph.D., President and CEO of TurboGenomics.  "With
 TurboBLAST, scientists will no longer have to compromise research goals due to
 limitations of their IT infrastructure."
     TurboBLAST delivers massive acceleration of BLAST by partitioning BLAST
 computations into manageable tasks and distributing them across a network of
 workstations, PCs, or Macs.  Initial benchmarks of TurboBLAST on a network of
 11 commodity PCs running Linux reduced a month-long BLAST run to just
 two days.  Greater speed-up of BLAST is achieved simply by adding more
 machines to the TurboBLAST system.
 
     Using TurboBLAST, life sciences researchers can:
 
     * transform existing heterogeneous collections of hardware into a
       high-performance BLAST supercomputer at a fraction of the cost of a
       traditional supercomputer
 
     * execute complex BLAST queries that would otherwise be possible only at
       advanced supercomputer centers
 
     * accelerate identification of a broader range of novel genes and proteins
 
     * scale up indefinitely to meet expanding BLAST processing needs
 
     * streamline BLAST workflow and manage all facets of the BLAST process
       through a simple, web-based interface
 
     * compare new data sets easily with previous results
 
     * achieve substantial cost-savings in terms of hardware and wasted
       man-hours
 
     "TurboBLAST allowed us to avoid a BLAST bottleneck in our HAP(TM) Marker
 discovery process as our production capacity greatly increased over the past
 year," said Richard Judson, Ph.D., Senior Vice President of Informatics at
 Genaissance Pharmaceuticals.  "We had been anticipating a huge backlog of
 BLAST jobs waiting to run.  With TurboBLAST, we've been able to run more BLAST
 queries at an accelerated rate without having to make a large investment in
 supercomputing hardware.  Now our BLAST processing easily keeps up with the
 other operations in our high-throughput production environment."
     Based on Java technology, TurboBLAST runs on all types of computers, from
 commodity PCs and Macintosh computers to UNIX workstations and
 high-performance parallel supercomputers.  Versions are available for most
 operating systems, including the most popular releases of Linux, Unix, Mac OS,
 and Windows.
 
     Availability:
     For information about licensing TurboBLAST, please email
 turbosales@turbogenomics.com, call 203-974-0470 x222, or visit the website at
 www.turbogenomics.com .
 
     About TurboGenomics:
     TurboGenomics provides software and services to the life sciences
 community, delivering scalable, automated, high-performance enterprise
 solutions for post-genomics bioinformatics.  TurboGenomics products are built
 on proven, Java-based supercomputing technology licensed exclusively from its
 parent company, Scientific Computing Associates (SCA).  For the past 15 years,
 SCA has provided parallel and distributed computing software technologies to
 the computational chemistry, financial modeling, oil exploration, and
 electronic design industries.
 
     CONTACT:
     Ed Pillsbury
     TurboGenomics, Inc.
     203/974-0470 x222
     pillsbury@turbogenomics.com
 
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     M2Friend Communications
     301/209-7100
     alex@m2friend.com
 
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SOURCE TurboGenomics Inc.
    NEW HAVEN, Conn., April 23 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ --
 TurboGenomics, the leader in high-performance bioinformatics software, today
 announced the release of the latest version of TurboBLAST, a revolutionary,
 cost-effective solution for improving research productivity and eliminating
 the computational bottleneck in BLAST, the most widely used algorithm in
 genomics and proteomics research.
     TurboBLAST is an accelerated, parallel implementation of BLAST, a sequence
 comparison tool that provides critical insight into the structure and function
 of genes and proteins.  As submissions to sequence databases increase
 exponentially with the completion of large-scale sequencing projects around
 the world, the demand for BLAST processing has outstripped the IT resources of
 genomics and proteomics labs.
     "TurboBLAST fundamentally changes the way scientists approach genomics
 research by enabling them to run large, comprehensive homology searches that
 would have been impractical and often impossible using normal BLAST," said
 Gregory E. Gardiner, Ph.D., President and CEO of TurboGenomics.  "With
 TurboBLAST, scientists will no longer have to compromise research goals due to
 limitations of their IT infrastructure."
     TurboBLAST delivers massive acceleration of BLAST by partitioning BLAST
 computations into manageable tasks and distributing them across a network of
 workstations, PCs, or Macs.  Initial benchmarks of TurboBLAST on a network of
 11 commodity PCs running Linux reduced a month-long BLAST run to just
 two days.  Greater speed-up of BLAST is achieved simply by adding more
 machines to the TurboBLAST system.
 
     Using TurboBLAST, life sciences researchers can:
 
     * transform existing heterogeneous collections of hardware into a
       high-performance BLAST supercomputer at a fraction of the cost of a
       traditional supercomputer
 
     * execute complex BLAST queries that would otherwise be possible only at
       advanced supercomputer centers
 
     * accelerate identification of a broader range of novel genes and proteins
 
     * scale up indefinitely to meet expanding BLAST processing needs
 
     * streamline BLAST workflow and manage all facets of the BLAST process
       through a simple, web-based interface
 
     * compare new data sets easily with previous results
 
     * achieve substantial cost-savings in terms of hardware and wasted
       man-hours
 
     "TurboBLAST allowed us to avoid a BLAST bottleneck in our HAP(TM) Marker
 discovery process as our production capacity greatly increased over the past
 year," said Richard Judson, Ph.D., Senior Vice President of Informatics at
 Genaissance Pharmaceuticals.  "We had been anticipating a huge backlog of
 BLAST jobs waiting to run.  With TurboBLAST, we've been able to run more BLAST
 queries at an accelerated rate without having to make a large investment in
 supercomputing hardware.  Now our BLAST processing easily keeps up with the
 other operations in our high-throughput production environment."
     Based on Java technology, TurboBLAST runs on all types of computers, from
 commodity PCs and Macintosh computers to UNIX workstations and
 high-performance parallel supercomputers.  Versions are available for most
 operating systems, including the most popular releases of Linux, Unix, Mac OS,
 and Windows.
 
     Availability:
     For information about licensing TurboBLAST, please email
 turbosales@turbogenomics.com, call 203-974-0470 x222, or visit the website at
 www.turbogenomics.com .
 
     About TurboGenomics:
     TurboGenomics provides software and services to the life sciences
 community, delivering scalable, automated, high-performance enterprise
 solutions for post-genomics bioinformatics.  TurboGenomics products are built
 on proven, Java-based supercomputing technology licensed exclusively from its
 parent company, Scientific Computing Associates (SCA).  For the past 15 years,
 SCA has provided parallel and distributed computing software technologies to
 the computational chemistry, financial modeling, oil exploration, and
 electronic design industries.
 
     CONTACT:
     Ed Pillsbury
     TurboGenomics, Inc.
     203/974-0470 x222
     pillsbury@turbogenomics.com
 
     Alexander Friend
     M2Friend Communications
     301/209-7100
     alex@m2friend.com
 
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