The explosion of sequenced genomes threatens to overwhelm the world’s storage capacity.
The latest DNA sequencers can map a human genome in a single day, but useful analysis of the results will still be a bottleneck.
The data deluge in the life sciences is no where more acute than at Chinese genomics powerhouse BGI, which probably sequences more DNA than any other organization in the world. To turn that data into something meaningful for genomic researchers, the institute has begun to employ GPU-accelerated HPC to greatly reduce processing times. In doing so, BGI was able to increase computational throughput by an order of magnitude or more.
DNA sequencing technology outruns genomic analysis.
Dr. Asoke K. Taukder discusses the range of biological applications that can be run in a cloud environment and provides an overview of how high performance computing in the cloud can reshape the way research in the life science is performed.
New gene sequencing tools and more powerful computers are changing the face of genomics.
The popularity of cloud computing in the life sciences community was on full display at April’s Bio-IT World conference.