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German Cancer Research Center Selects Convey's Hardware to Support its NGS Pipeline


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).

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