HPC startup Convey Computer announced this week that it is starting a new push into life sciences with the formation of a new business unit. The unit will be headed by George Vacek, formerly in the HPC group at HP.
“We are focusing much of our efforts on genomics because of the large data volumes being generated by the current generation of sequencers. And, as sequencer technology continues to improve, data volumes will continue their dramatic growth. Although genomics applications generally run fine on x86 clusters, it can be cost prohibitive to quickly complete the data analysis required to support genomics research,” explains Dr. Vacek.
“Hybrid computing is more cost effective, especially when you consider the power, cooling, floor space, and management demands of the infrastructure. Furthermore, increased compute performance provides fundamental improvements in research quality by allowing searches of larger databases, multiple sequence queries, and the use of more accurate search methods. In turn, extensive and expensive metagenomics projects and genome-wide association studies become much more manageable.”
As we reported during SC09, Convey has started to see some early traction with its system among some high profile early adopters, including Stanford, LBNL, and ORNL.