BioP2P

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BioP2P project

BioP2P project is to establish a network of computers that distribute biological databases and information through peer to peer network protocol.


Bioinformatics and the need for good network bandwidth
Bioinformatics involves a very large amount of biological data. It needs networks of computers and databases for efficiency and practical outcome. Bioinformatics Centers around the world have to regularly update their database repositories with the latest releases. This is normally carried out by a file transfer over FTP. However, this requires a large network bandwidth to ensure the new database releases are downloaded quickly and steadily. To assist this, a network of database mirror sites was established in several countries worldwide in 1997, under the Bio-Mirror project [1]. Developing countries in the Asia-Pacific region are just moving into this new realm of bioinformatics [2], but network bandwidth within these countries are still very low. Unreliable connections mean breaks and aborts in the downloading processes. Therefore, in spite of the Bio-Mirrors nodes are available, many developing countries still face a major problem in regularly updating these databases. With the growing sizes of these databases, the problem will become severe in the next years as the growth of databases outstrips the rate of bandwidth penetration to the end user. 

People involved:
Unitsa Sangket1, Amornrat Phongdara1, Wilaiwan Chotigeat1, Darran Nathan2, Woo-Yeon Kim3, Honghuang Lin4, Tin Wee Tan2, Jong Bhak3, Chumpol Ngamphiw5, and Sissades Tongsima5

1Center for Genomics and Bioinformatics Research, Prince of Songkla University, Thailand, 2APBioNet, 3Korean Bioinformation Center, Korea, 4Department of Pharmacy, National University of Singapore, Singapore, 5National Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, Thailand.


References
[1] Gilbert D., Ugawa Y., Buchhorn M., Tan T. W., Mizushima A., Kim H., Chon K., Weon S., Ma J., Ichiyanagi Y., Liou D., Keretho S., and Napis S. Bio-Mirror project for public bio-data distribution. Bioinformatics, 20,17 (April 2004), 3238-3240.
[2] Ranganathan S., Subbiah S. and Tan T.W. (2002) APBioNet: The Asia Pacific regional consortium for bioinformatics. Applied Bioinformatics, 1, 2 (2002), 101-105.
[3] Chalouhi O. et al. Azureus program, [Online] Available: http://azureus.sourceforge.net/

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