Scope and Speed: 17,000 Core HPC Clusters Used for DNA Sequencing

By Lionel Gibbons | April 18, 2015

The machines that are processing the data collected for modern DNA sequencing are required to be many times faster than those used for the Human Genome Project, according to a recent Scientific Computing post from the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute. The Institute currently is producing more sequences in one hour than it did in its first ten years of operations. This is necessary, Tim Cutts, the head of scientific computing at the Institute states, as the DNA sequencing data of a single cancer genome sample amounts to 7,000 CPU hours’ worth of analysis and tens of thousands of these are being run at once.

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