Date Added: Feb 2011
The MapReduce programming model provides an easy way to execute pleasantly parallel applications. Many data-intensive life science applications fit this programming model and benefit from the scalability that can be delivered using this model. One such application is AutoDock, which consists of a suite of automated tools for predicting the bound conformations of flexible ligands to macromolecular targets. However, researchers also need sufficient computation and storage resources to fully enjoy the benefit of MapReduce. For example, a typical AutoDock based virtual screening experiment usually consists of a very large number of docking processes from multiple ligands and is often time consuming to run on a single MapReduce cluster.