Supercomputing for the parallelization of whole genome analysis

Megan J. Puckelwartz, Lorenzo L. Pesce, Viswateja Nelakuditi, Lisa Dellefave-Castillo, Jessica R. Golbus, Sharlene M. Day, Thomas P. Cappola, Gerald W. Dorn, Ian T. Foster, Elizabeth M. Mcnally*

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Motivation: The declining cost of generating DNA sequence is promoting an increase in whole genome sequencing, especially as applied to the human genome. Whole genome analysis requires the alignment and comparison of raw sequence data, and results in a computational bottleneck because of limited ability to analyze multiple genomes simultaneously. Results: We now adapted a Cray XE6 supercomputer to achieve the parallelization required for concurrent multiple genome analysis. This approach not only markedly speeds computational time but also results in increased usable sequence per genome. Relying on publically available software, the Cray XE6 has the capacity to align and call variants on 240 whole genomes in ∼50 h. Multisample variant calling is also accelerated.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1508-1513
Number of pages6
Issue number11
StatePublished - Jun 1 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computational Mathematics
  • Molecular Biology
  • Biochemistry
  • Statistics and Probability
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computational Theory and Mathematics


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