This week, Convey Computer said that the German Cancer Research Center, or DKFZ, has installed two of its hybrid-core systems and is using them to speed up its next-generation sequence analysis pipeline.
Convey said that DKFZ purchased and integrated two of its HC-2ex platforms into an existing 1600 compute core cluster where they are being used to speed up the performance of the Burrows-Wheeler Aligner algorithm.
"Depending on the data, we are typically seeing between 10-20x acceleration, which is substantial," Benedikt Brors, the computational oncology group leader in DKFZ's theoretical bioinformatics division said in a statement. Also, "our entire workflow from one end to the other is reduced by a factor of two." This helps save processing time and reduces power consumption and cooling, he added.
Convey's hybrid-core architecture pairs Intel x86 microprocessors with a coprocessor comprised of field-programmable gate arrays. Customers of its systems include the Brazilian Center for Excellence in Bioinformatics (BI 4/6/2012), the Jackson Laboratory (BI 4/27/2012), and the Broad Institute (BI 3/1/2013).