Microsoft is a wannabe in the supercomputing arena, but the software giant is making steady progress among quants and life sciences techies with its Windows HPC Server 2008 R2 and now its Azure cloud services. At the SC10 supercomputing trade show in New Orleans, Microsoft announced that it has a version of the BLAST, which is …
"and interestingly, Microsoft is making access to BLAST running on Azure against its copy of the database available to researchers for free"
Besides, they need to test it somewhere - free data and free time from researchers.
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