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BGI Installs Nvidia GPU Server Farm for Sequence Analysis Computation

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China's BGI has implemented an Nvidia graphics processing unit-based server farms to run its sequence analysis software, Nvidia said this week.

BGI is using the company's Tesla GPUs to run its SOAP3 aligner, which aligns short read sequence data; GSNP, which detects genomic variation; and GAMA, a genotyping tool that identifies the frequency of particular gene variants.

Tesla GPUs are massively parallel accelerators based on Nvidia's CUDA parallel computing architecture.

The company did not provide specific details of the server farm it has implemented at BGI, but said that the system has reduced the time it takes to analyze sequence data from nearly four days to six hours.