When it comes to generating increasingly larger data sets and stretching the limits of high performance computing (HPC), the field of genomics and next generation sequencing (NGS) is in the forefront.
The major impetus for this data explosion began in 1990 when the U.S. kicked off the Human Genome Project, an ambitious project designed to sequence the three billion base pairs that constitute the complete set of DNA in the human body. Eleven years and $3 billion later the deed was done. This breakthrough was followed by a massive upsurge in genomics research and development that included rapid advances in sequencing using the power of HPC. Today an individual’s genome can be sequenced overnight for less than $1,000.