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BGI, Huawei Ink 'Big Data' Storage System Development Pact

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – BGI and Huawei today announced a joint development agreement for big data storage systems for genetic research.

Under the terms of the agreement, the partners will design and develop data storage to reduce redundancies in genome sequencing and improve efficiency by 30 percent.

"Without first-class storage systems, it would take a tremendous amount of time to process the extremely large data sets generated on a daily basis," BGI CEO Yang Shuang said in a statement. "Through joint efforts with Huawei in big data and cloud computing, we are able to quickly produce results from genetic research and expand the application of genetic technologies."

In June, BGI announced it would launch the BGISEQ-500 desktop sequencing instrument in October.

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