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OmniTier CompStor Assembly

OmniTier has introduced CompStor Assembly for de novo DNA assembly and reference alignment. Designed for short-read next-generation sequencing data, CompStor Assembly reduces assembly times and improves assembly quality on low-cost hardware compared to currently available assemblers, the company said. Using CompStor Assembly and eight CompStor Assembly server nodes, de novo assembly of a human genome can be achieved in about eight minutes. This performance equals the assembly time previously achieved with the NERSC's Cray XC30 advanced supercomputer, using 15,360 processor cores and DRAM-based algorithm implementations, OmniTier noted. By contrast, CompStor Assembly nodes are standard servers based on low-cost x86 Intel processors and tiered DRAM and NVMe SSDs.