mathog at seqvax.caltech.edu (David Mathog) writes:
: Is the NCBI going to continue the Genbank Fasta e-mail server?
NCBI plans to provide only the BLAST programs (BLASTN, BLASTP,
BLASTX, and TBLASTN) on an e-mail server. The BLAST server's
address is: blast at ncbi.nlm.nih.gov (The word 'help' in the
body of a message to this address will retrieve documentation
on using the server.)
:: If yes, could someone please post the details?
:: If no, why not?
The primary reason is machine resources. We have BLAST running
on a parallelized version of an 8-processor Silicon Graphics.
This provides very rapid turn-around for searches and allows us
to handle the daily load of between 1000 and 2000 searches per
day, including hundreds of BLASTX and TBLASTN searches which are
heavily CPU-intensive. We simply would not have the capacity to
accommodate FASTA searches in addition to this machine load and
still provide reasonable response times.
Besides the EMBL FASTA server that Dave Kristofferson mentioned,
there is a server in Japan at the following address:
flat-netserv at smlab.eg.gunma-u.ac.jp
We also plan to make the sequence data, organized for sequence
similarity searching, available on a separate CD-ROM with
the FASTA program included (thanks to assistance from Bill
Pearson) for PCs and Macs. We expect to offer this through the Govt.
Printing Office by the end of the year.
:: David Mathog
:mathog at seqvax.caltech.edu: manager, sequence analysis facility, biology division, Caltech