[Pipet Devel] abstract

Alan J. Williams Alan at MolBio.org
Tue Sep 7 12:15:19 EDT 1999

On Mon, 6 Sep 1999, J.W. Bizzaro wrote:
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 > J.W. Bizzaro*, Justin Bradford, Humberto Ortiz Zuazaga, Gary Van Domselaar,
 > Alan J. Williams, Rahul Jain & Tim Triche, Jr.

As Humberto pointed out, your either all too kind or trying to guilt me
into being more active; probably a little of both. I just ordered
"Learning Python" as well as the new GTK/Gnome book; about time to get
more involved despite it being dissertation cruch time.

 > *To whom correspondence should be addressed
 > The Open Lab
 > 28 Pope Street
 > Hudson, MA 01749
 > Abstract
 > Loci is a network-distributed system of clients and servers ("loci") for data
 > processing.  Client types include programs that process data (perform analysis,
 > translation and visualization).  (These loci are not part of the system but
 > come as extensions, making Loci independent of data-type and thus
 > general-purpose.)  Other clients include control structure (e.g., if and while)
 > and graphical user interface (GUI) loci.  All loci are represented as nodes
 > in a graphical "Work Flow Diagram" (WFD) and joined by lines that depict
 > network connections.  The system therefore provides a workspace for connecting

Do the lines really depict network connections or rather data "pipes"
which may or may not be accross a network?

 > and combining loci to form a graphical scripting language.  The
 > network-distributed nature of Loci deals with large datasets in a unique way:
 > GUI loci reside on a local workstation while compute-intensive data-processing
 > loci execute remotely on high-performance computers.  The joining of loci
 > across the Internet can also be used to form world-wide collaboratives and
 > bring an infinitely extensible set of loci to the user.  Numerous development
 > tools used include Python, GTK+ and the GNOME environment: CORBA, DOM, XML and
 > so on.

As someone else pointed out, this last part should be a little more
descriptive.  You may want to distiguish between the language/tools
for the core of loci and the language-independence for the extensions.

 > More information can be found at http://bioinformatics.org/loci/
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Otherwise it looks good.


Alan Williams                      Where observation is concerned,
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