World's Largest Genomics Institute Announces
Affordable, Cloud-Based DNA Sequencing Service Accelerated by
NVIDIA GPUsBGI's EasyGenomics Service Brings
Era of Affordable, Personalized Medicine a Step Closer to
BOSTON, MA, Apr 25, 2012 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) --Bio-IT
World 2012 -- NVIDIA today announced that BGI, the
world's largest genomics institute, is launching a
service that will enable researchers worldwide to perform
affordable next-generation sequencing (NGS) bioinformatics
analysis in the cloud.
The new "EasyGenomics" service from Shenzhen,
China-based BGI combines an intuitive user interface with
BGI's automated pipeline analysis, software and tools.
These are integrated with the industry's largest
sequencing platform to provide everything biologists,
bioinformaticists and, ultimately, physicians need to submit
and receive an automated analysis of DNA sequencing data.
Accelerated by NVIDIA GPUs, which speed the processing of the
analysis of DNA big data from days to hours compared with a
CPU-based system, EasyGenomics dramatically expands the
availability of advanced genomics research capabilities to
researchers around the world, bringing science closer to an
era of affordable and viable personalized medicine.
BGI is launching a limited free trial of the new service
today for qualified biologists and bioinformaticists at the
2012 Bio-IT World Conference and Expo. To learn more or to
apply, visit the EasyGenomics website.
"By enabling larger numbers of researchers to accelerate
DNA sequencing data more easily and affordably, we hope to
help facilitate the use of genomics for clinical diagnostics
as a practical component of health care, as well as for
complex disease research," said Dr. Lin Fang, vice
president at BGI. "GPU acceleration enables scientists
to analyze DNA sequencing data faster than was ever possible,
reducing the time from five days to just five hours. Once
fully deployed in the cloud, we anticipate EasyGenomics could
one day revolutionize genomics research."
The EasyGenomics cloud service features hybrid computing
systems powered by NVIDIA(R) Tesla(R) M2070 and M2075 GPUs,
which accelerate the DNA sequencing data analysis in
conjunction with system CPUs. BGI plans to upgrade the
EasyGenomics service with hundreds of additional NVIDIA Tesla
GPUs when it is fully deployed, at which time it is expected
to support thousands of users.
"This could be the year of the $1,000 genome due to
rapid decline in sequencing costs. We will soon be drowning
in a deluge of data from the genome sequencers," said
Sumit Gupta, senior director of the Tesla business at NVIDIA.
"BGI's EasyGenomics service uses the power of GPU
computing to provide an affordable and easy-to-use method for
scientists to crunch through this new genomics big data
problem and get us that much closer to effective and
affordable individualized treatments."
BGI does groundbreaking work in genomic sequencing of a wide
range of life forms -- ranging from plants and E. coli to the
giant panda -- to develop better medicines, improve
healthcare and develop genetically enhanced food.
Headquartered in Shenzhen, China, with affiliates in
Cambridge, Mass., and Copenhagen, Denmark, BGI's goal is
to make leading-edge genomic science highly accessible. More
information about BGI is available at www.en.genomics.cn.
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