Convey Computer said this week that an exact-match short-read aligner developed by students at Iowa State University and run on Convey’s HC-1 hardware has won first place in a hardware/software design challenge sponsored by the Association for Computing Machinery and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

The winners presented their method, a hash algorithm dubbed Shepard, at the 10th ACM/IEEE International Conference on Formal Methods and Models for Codesign, or MemoCODE, conference, which was held in Arlington, Va., July 16-17.

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