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A new high speed BLAST API was opened to the public from WABI

High speed BLAST service was opened to the public in Web API for Biology (WABI). High speed BLAST is fast for searching against large databases such as whole DDBJ. The computing time is shortened below the half compared with existing service. For example, it is possible to execute BLAST in about 3 minutes at high speed BLAST though it takes 10 minutes in existing service. It is a search of the entire DDBJ as the reference database by one query of DNA sequence whose accession number is AB000001 and which is 660 bp.

BLAST can be done at high speed

High speed BLAST is executed at high speed by doing NCBI BLAST on multiple servers of PC cluster. It is faster than NCBI BLAST on 1 node.

Efficient calculation by dividing database

In NCBI BLAST, if a large-scale database is referred, it is likely to become extremely slow because the memory utilization exceeds the memory capacity of the server. In high speed BLAST, it calculates efficiently and at high speed so that the reference database is divided to be stored in the memory of the server.

Effect of speed-up by high speed BLAST

The following table indicates that the computing time is shortened below the half compared with NCBI BLAST. However, it doesn't contain waiting time if a lot of jobs are requested at the same time. Moreover, it may change by the state of the server such as cache of databases.
Query Computing time of
Computing time of
high speed BLAST
DNA sequence length:36 bp(DDBJ Accession Number:DM013333) 10min 2min
DNA sequence length:660 bp(DDBJAccession Number:AB000001) 10min 3min
DNA sequence length:3031 bp(DDBJAccession Number:AB489118) 10min 3min

How to use the high speed BLAST

Please see the detailed information, and the instruction for your usage.
August 13, 2009