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Broad Institute Taps Convey's Hybrid-Core System for Genomic Research


Convey Computer said this week that the Broad Institute has purchased one of its hybrid core computing systems, which will be used to speed up portions of its next-generation sequencing data analysis pipeline.

Specifically, the Broad will use an accelerated version of the Burrows-Wheeler aligner that is implemented on Convey's HC-2 system.

Convey developed and implemented a version of BWA on its platform two years ago that it claimed increased genome reference mapping rates by a factor of 15 compared to commodity servers (BI 10/14/2011).

"With the Convey system, we expect to increase performance of BWA tenfold," Tim Fennell, the informatics director for the Broad's Genomics Platform, said in statement.

Convey’s hybrid-core architecture pairs classic Intel x86 microprocessors with a coprocessor comprised of field-programmable gate arrays.

Customers of the company's platform include the UK's Genome Analysis Center (BI 2/1/2013) and the Jackson Laboratory (BI 4/27/2012). Convey also partners with CLC Bio to provide a combined software and hardware solution for NGS data analysis (BI 4/20/2012).