SAN DIEGO – PRNewswire – Edico Genome, creator of the world’s first bio-IT processor designed to analyze next-generation sequencing data, today announced a collaboration with IBM to make DRAGEN available on the new IBM Power Systems S822LC for high performance computing (HPC).
In addition, Edico is now offering the Broad Institute’s Genome Analysis Toolkit (GATK), a software package for analysis of high-throughput sequencing data, deployed on DRAGEN. Called Accelerated GATK, internal testing by Edico suggests that the offering takes only 18 minutes to complete variant calling analysis when run on the IBM Power Systems S822LC for HPC, which in the past has taken approximately 30 hours.
DRAGEN is highly reconfigurable, using a field-programmable gate array (FPGA) to provide hardware-accelerated implementations of genome pipeline algorithms, including BCL conversion, compression, mapping, alignment, sorting, duplicate marking and haplotype variant calling. In addition to Accelerated GATK, pipelines available on the DRAGEN platform include Transcriptome/RNAseq, Metagenome/Microbiome, Epigenome/Methylome and Joint Genotyping. All of the pipeline algorithms can be run on IBM Power Systems and updated versions are made available for customers through simple remote downloads. The Genome Pipeline can be used for analysis of both human and non-human genomes, including wheat, rice, mice, rat and other genomes. The flexible DRAGEN platform allows for custom algorithm development as well as refinement and improvement of existing pipelines.