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Table 1 BLAST tool comparison

From: Windows .NET Network Distributed Basic Local Alignment Search Toolkit (W.ND-BLAST)

Program Name Reference Increase BLAST Performance Freely Available Distributed BLAST GUI Based GUI BLAST Results Viewer GUI Database Formatter OS Available1 Fault Recovery2
NCBI BLAST 1 N/A yes No No No No W,U Low
BLAST++ 5 yes yes No No No No W,U Low
WU-BLAST 3 yes yes No No No No U,O Low
DeCypher BLAST™ 6 yes No No yes No No O High
S-BLAST 7 yes yes yes yes No No W,U High
BeoBLAST 8 yes yes yes No No No U Medium
StarBLAST 9 No No No yes yes yes W Low
mpiBLAST 4 yes yes yes No No No W,U Low
Condor BLAST 10 yes yes yes No No No W,U Medium
Soap-HT-BLAST 11 yes yes yes yes No No W,U Medium
Paracel 12 yes No yes yes yes No U,O Unknown
W.ND-BLAST 13 yes yes yes yes yes yes W High
  1. 1 – W = Microsoft Windows, U = UNIX/LINUX, O = Other
  2. 2 – Based on ability to recover from node failure, master failure, and complete failure
  3. This table provides a list of many of the most popular BLAST programs as well as their major features. The primary goal of most BLAST packages is to increase the performance of the BLAST algorithm. There seems to be a dichotomy between increased performance and user friendliness that has been encapsulated within W.ND BLAST. W = Windows based, U = Unix/Linux based, O = Other