An FPGA-Based Acceleration Method for Metabolic Simulation.
Computer simulation of cellular process is one of the most important applications in bioinformatics. Since such simulators need huge computational resources, many biologists must use expensive PC/WS clusters. ReCSiP is an FPGA-based, reconfigurable accelerator which aims to realize economical high-performance simulation environment on desktop computers. It can exploit fine-grain parallelism in the target applications by small hardware modules in the FPGA which work in parallel manner. As the first step to implement a simulator of cellular process on ReCSiP, a solver to perform a basic simulation of metabolism was implemented. The throughput of the solver was about 29 times faster than the software on Intel's PentiumIII operating at 1.13 GHz.