The UCSC Kestrel Parallel Processor
UCSC kestrel Parallel Processor.
Kestrel is a Research Project at the University of California, Santa
Cruz. We have built a custom VLSI parallel processor. The
512-processor single-board system accelerates
computational biology, computational
chemistry, and other algorithms by factors of 20 to 40. The system
is exceedingly effective at solving certain types of problems, such as
gene sequence alignment and hidden Markov model training. A Smith-Waterman
search engine is available on-line.