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ICHEC Software

Information about software packages installed on the ICHEC systems.

Versions Installed

Stokes: 1.6.0


mpiBLAST is a freely available, open-source, parallel implementation of NCBI BLAST. By efficiently utilizing distributed computational resources through database fragmentation, query segmentation, intelligent scheduling, and parallel I/O, mpiBLAST improves NCBI BLAST performance by several orders of magnitude while scaling to hundreds of processors.

Key features:

  • Database fragmentation
  • Query segmentation
  • Exact NCBI e-value scores
  • Increased per-query throughput
  • Improved query response time
  • Portable across all major operating systems
  • Integrated advanced job scheduling
  • Parallel input/output
  • Fault tolerant
  • High-performance on desktops, clusters, and HPC systems


mpiBLAST is licensed to the public under the terms of the GNU Public License (GPL) version 2. Further licensing information can be found here.



Additional Notes

To use mpiBLAST load the relevant environment module:

module load mpiblast

Please refer to our tutorial - "Using BLAST on ICHEC Systems" - for a quick-start guide on using mpiBLAST.

Further information can be obtained from http://www.mpiblast.org/.

How to cite mpiBLAST:

Darling A., Carey L. and Feng W. (2003)
The design, implementation, and evaluation of mpiBLAST.
4th International Conference on Linux Clusters: The HPC Revolution 2003 in conjunction with ClusterWorld Conference & Expo, June 2003.

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