[Biodevelopers] Re: [Bioclusters] Workstation Selection for Bioinformatics Research

Joseph Landman landman at scalableinformatics.com
Thu Apr 10 19:17:16 EDT 2003

As indicated before, the application list will usually constrain the
choices.  Until you have that down, specific platforms are moot.  There
are good reasons to reject specific platforms if they do not have all
the applications you and your users need, and you are not willing or
able to perform and support the port.  

Some platforms give you "the best of multiple worlds."  Examples of this
are Linux + VMWare, or windows and VMWare.  If you are building
workstations, remember that you might not get to change the hardware for
a number of years, so I would err on the side of performance.  This way
you are not as unhappy in 2.5 years when the machines are "obsolete".

Joseph Landman, Ph.D
Scalable Informatics LLC
email: landman at scalableinformatics.com
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