This was announced by Convey today. Full article here. Remember my “almost fingerless” redneck computer geek friend John? Well, this is one of his projects.

Convey Computer™ Corporation announced today that its implementation of the Smith-Waterman algorithm, widely used in life sciences applications for aligning DNA and protein sequences, is 172x faster than conventional methods and represents the fastest Smith-Waterman implementation1 to date.

Smith-Waterman is used in a lot of bioinformatics work, little things like genome mapping, protein comparisons, etc. The future of drug design, cures, predictions, etc will be done with algorithms like Smith-Waterman and the faster you can run it the better.